Numerous hospital cancellations from Monday

A wide range of appointments in Sligo and Letterkenny University Hospital will be cancelled from Monday as the ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to have a considerable impact on services.

All outpatient clinics are cancelled, all diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled, as are Endoscopy services and all elective inpatient and day case procedures, however, a small number of procedures may go ahead with patients being contacted directly.

Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead and patients are encouraged to attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted.

Significant delays can also be expected in the Emergency Departments with patients asked to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service if their health problem is not urgent.

Those with appointments going ahead should bring their patient or board number with them; this number is found on appointment letters, test results or blood test results.