The HSE has warned that Emergency Departments across the country are very busy today and patients who need non urgent care should expect significant delays.
Many hospital A&Es are relying on manual processes for a lot of their work, as the ransomware attack on the HSE’s IT systems continues to cause problems for the health service.
The public has been asked to consider all other care options in advance of attending an ED, including injury units, GP Out of Hours and local pharmacies.
The cyber attack is continuing to have a serious impact on radiation oncology, with medical staff unable to access detailed individual treatment plans.
Work is continuing today in assessing the impact and beginning to restore HSE IT systems.
But the HSE said that this work will take many weeks and it anticipates major disruption will continue due to the shutdown of the IT systems.
“Our priority is to bring back key patient care systems in line with clinical priority and to keep our patients safe while maintaining essential care and support services,” said the HSE in a statement today.
“The HSE continues to work with the National Cyber Security Centre, and with national and international experts including McAfee, to rectify this issue.”