There's major disruption to services at Letterkenny University Hospital today following a huge cyber attack on the HSE and Department of Health.
All outpatient appointments at the hospital have been cancelled as a result as well as diagnostics services.
The hospital is however, continuing with a number of critical surgeries and dialysis treatment. The Eye Clinic in the St Conal's Hospital Campus is also operating.
The Emergency Department and vaccination clinic is operating as normal also however, people can expect delays.
Due to the impact on hospital systems, outpatients are advised to assume your appointment is cancelled unless advised otherwise.
Sean Murphy, General Manager of Letterkenny University Hospital says it's like taking a step back in time:
Here are the service disruptions at Letterkenny University Hospital:
· All outpatient clinics are cancelled. Eye Clinics in the St Conal's Building are running.
· All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.
· Endoscopy services are cancelled.
· All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.
Patients can expect significant delays in the Emergency Department as existing IT systems are not in use and the manual workarounds in place are time-consuming.
Where possible patients should bring their existing patient number or hospital number with them when they come to the hospital or any letter that they have received from the hospital as this will contain information which will make it easier to find existing medical records.
We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.
Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead.
Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.