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Cyber attack - May 2017

Monday 15 May 2017

Patients are advised to continue to use the NHS wisely, including seeking help and support from the range of healthcare services available, such as pharmacies.

GP surgeries are open as usual. If you have an appointment you should still attend unless contacted by your surgery and told not to.

Please be patient with staff who may still be dealing with disruption this morning.

Friday 12 May 2017

Statement from NHS Digital


A number of NHS organisations have reported to NHS Digital that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations across Europe.

The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.

At this stage we do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed. We will continue to work with affected organisations to confirm this.

NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations.

This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.

Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.