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University College London Hospitals helping Camden services hit by cyber attack

UCLH, Royal Free and Whittington hospitals not affected by global ransom demands

12 May, 2017 — By Tom Foot

University College Hospital in Euston Road

NHS chiefs at University College London Hospitals are helping local services hit by today’s cyber attack. 

The Euston Road NHS trust said it had not been affected by the “ransomware” assault on organisations across the world and the Royal Free and Whittington also reported “business as usual”.

But, in a statement, UCLH said: “UCLH is not currently affected by the ransomware attack affecting some NHS trusts. However, we are supporting local NHS services which are affected and we are extremely busy.”

The New Journal understands that one of the services affected is a patient hospital referral service, run by the Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Camden CCG, a GP-led organisation that funds a range of services across the borough, has not yet made an official statement. 

Neither have Central and North West London Trust or Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. 

Dozens of hospitals, NHS trusts and GPs across the county have been unable to access patient data after their computers were locked by a program demanding payments of £230.

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