IT attack impacts Cavan General - expect delays

URGENT STATEMENT

The management of Cavan General Hospital has provided an update in terms of ongoing hospital operations and appointments at the local hospital facility following a cyber attack on the HSE's computer systems overnight.

Suzanne O'Callaghan, acting general manager at the acute hospital facility, said: "There is no change really. We will review the situation over the weekend."

As it stands outpatient appointments for Monday are still valid.

This morning she issued an urgent statement via our newspaper this morning to update patients following the Ransomware attack on the HSE's systems overnight.

Ms O'Callaghan said:

"Please note due to the national HSE IT incident, it is necessary to cancel all outpatient radiology with the exception of urgent maternity cases.

"Currently all other outpatient clinics continue as normal.

"Please note the Emergency Department is currently very busy and, due to IT processing issues, very long delays can be expected.

"All urgent and inpatient care continues as normal.

"We would request that all non urgent patients contact their GP in the first instance.

"The Minor Injuries Unit in Monaghan is functioning at present and the vaccine and test centres continue to operate normally.

"We will keep you updated with any changes.

"For those trying to get through on phone lines, please be patient as they are very busy."

The acting manager had to dictate the statement to this newspaper as all their IT systems, including email, have been shut down.

See The Anglo-Celt website over the weekend for updates.

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