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UPDATE: Dumfries and Galloway NHS hit in cyber attack

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By Fiona Reid
UPDATE: Dumfries and Galloway NHS hit in cyber attack

A CYBER attack which has hit the UK's NHS has seen 'very limited patient services' affected in Dumfries and Galloway.

The region’s NHS board has today offered an update on the attack, which last week saw two GP practices affected including Waverley Medical Centre in Stranraer.
A spokesman for NHS Dumfries and Galloway said: “NHS Dumfries and Galloway have responded well to the recent cyber attack with only two GP practice sites affected.”
“It has been reported this morning that very limited patient services have been affected across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway with most Practices not affected at all.”
The spokesman added: “All hospital sites remains free of any attack. No patient data has been lost as a result of this attack.
“Heightened awareness has been communicated to all health staff and the IT department remain active, ensuring all our systems are fully protected.”
The cyber attacks use ‘ransomware’ which locks up systems and their data, demanding payment before they are unlocked.
Systems running an older incarnation of an operating system have been vulnerable to the attack, which has affected businesses across Europe.
However, within the UK’s NHS problems have continued, with some outpatient appointments and minor operations being cancelled or scaled back at some UK hospitals.


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