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Cyber-attack: activities limited at all three children’s hospitals for rest of the week

DUBLIN: Children’s Health Ireland has announced that activities at three of the country’s children’s hospitals will be limited in the coming days due to issues with getting essential hospital systems back up and running following the recent HSE cyber-attack. All outpatient, public, and private clinics are being cancelled, CHI said.

According to Children’s Health Ireland, the cyber-attack has slowed down the management of cases as employees must complete all tasks manually. Due to this slow pace the emergency departments in Crumlin and Temple Street in Dublin are almost full, it added.

CHI also noted that some patients are showing up at outpatient clinics without appointments.

Eilish Hardiman, Chief Executive of Children’s Health Ireland, said that services would be delayed and advised families to only attend if contacted by the hospitals or if they believe it is urgent.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said that efforts are being made to restore the department’s key functions as quickly and safely as possible.

The Department has stated that correspondence, either electrical or postal, is currently unavailable, and that when email is restored, there will be a significant volume of correspondence to process. Due to the impact of the cyber-attack and COVID-19 and this will take time, it added.

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