The ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems continues to have what Sligo University Hospital says is ‘a considerable impact’ on its services.
That’s despite work having continued over the weekend to get priority systems back up and running.
Gráinne McCann, general manager at Sligo University Hospital, says work continued over the weekend to get priority systems back up and running, including radiology, diagnostic/laboratory and patient information systems.
But she says they are not yet in a position to resume outpatient appointments, apart from maternity outpatient appointments.
Most elective inpatient and day case procedures remain cancelled.
A small number procedures will go ahead this week, particularly if they are time-dependent or if they don’t require laboratory or radiology services and those patients will be contacted directly.
Meanwhile, patients attending the Emergency Department are facing ‘extremely long delays’ as the radiology and laboratory systems are not up and running.
Essential services like blood tests and diagnostic services are taking much longer than usual, using manual processes, which is significantly increasing turnaround times for patients.
Currently maternity services, dialysis treatment, chemotherapy treatment and physiotherapy appointments are going ahead.
Cancellations include diagnostics such as X-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments, as well as elective inpatient and day case procedures.
A number of procedures may go ahead and these patients will be contacted directly. Patients are asked not to come to the hospital unless contacted.
Most outpatient clinics are cancelled. A small number of appointments may go ahead and these patients will be contacted directly.
Maternity antenatal clinics are going ahead as well as all maternity services including antenatal scanning and colposcopy.
Dialysis patients should attend their dialysis appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise, while chemotherapy patients should attend their treatments unless contacted and advised otherwise.
Ongoing updates on service disruptions will be provided on hse.ie and on saolta.ie.