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Relief for patients as trust behind Queen Mary’s Hospital escapes NHS cyber attack

PUBLISHED: 12:01 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 15 May 2017

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup

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NHS services were hit by a cyber attack on Friday

Patients using Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup were unaffected by the cyber attack which swept across the NHS last week.

The attack on Friday saw ambulances diverted and operations cancelled up and down the country.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, confirmed it had avoided the attack which used a form of ransomware to demand $300 worth of the online currency, bitcoin, threatening to delete files within seven days if there was no payment.

Since then, concerns had been raised that trusts had been left vulnerable by using the Windows XP operating system, software which has not had any security updates since 2014.

It is understood Oxleas’ services uses an updated Windows operating system.

A spokesperson from the trust said: “The IT team were working over the weekend monitoring our systems and liaising with NHS Improvement.

“We have previously taken steps to increase cyber security and will continue to do this and implement recommendations that come from this incident.”

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