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In case of an emergency call – 000
WONTHAGGI Hospital, the Phillip Island Health Hub, and hospitals at Leongatha, Korumburra and Foster have been hit by a massive cyber security breach affecting all Gippsland hospitals and many others across the state.
CEO of Bass Coast Health Jan Child has appealed to those scheduled to attend hospitals and health services for appointments to come in, but to be prepared for delays.
“We have no access to computers. They’ve all been shut down as a result of a cyber security attack which didn’t start here but has spread to us through the alliance (Bass Coast Health is part of the Gippsland Health Alliance),” Ms Child said today.
“This is the only way we can be sure that we protect patient information, to stop access to that patient information.
“We don’t believe there has been any breach of our security but it’s a precaution we have been asked to take.
“We’ve had to close down all our servers which means we don’t have access to patient appointment lists or patient information. It’s massive but we’re not on our own,” Ms Child said, indicating she thought the attack may have started at Barwon Health.
“We’re asking all those with appointments or who want to access the Wonthaggi Hospital or Phillip Island Health Hub to still come in as usual but we just may not know they are coming or have their paperwork ready.
“We will be doing everything on paper until this is sorted out so we ask that the community bears with us on this.
“Hopefully it can be sorted out quickly.”
At present all telephones to the health services are down as well so people wanting to know more should either attend their local hospital and ask or wait until a hotline can be set up – watch for details.
So the message is, turn up for your appointment as usual – but be prepared to wait.
More information as it comes to hand.
The State Government media release is as follows: