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NHS Cyber Attack

Update - 15/5/2017: Following the ransomware attack, we are working with Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust (MEHT) to ensure that all IT systems affected are brought online again as soon as possible, and thanks patients for their understanding during this time. As far as we are aware there is no evidence that patient data has been compromised.

Any clinics or appointments that have needed to be re-scheduled have been done so, and patients advised.

Should any patient need to contact the labour ward, please call the main switchboard on 01245 362000.

All blood tests at Broomfield Hospital (Chelmsford), St Michael's (Braintree), St Peter's (Maldon) and Christchurch (Chelmsford) are unavailable until further notice. We will, however, be doing emergency blood tests, and a clinical member of staff will be on each site to discuss and review any concerns.

If you have a GP appointment: Patients with GP appointments scheduled should attend for their appointment unless they have been contacted by their GP and told not to do so. Your GP practice will be open and working as normal during at this time. However, you may experience some difficulties contacting the surgery while telephone systems are being reconnected. Appointments may be slower than usual, as some surgeries will be using paper based records whilst electronic systems are switched back on.

A&E: Accident and Emergency at Broomfield is extremely busy and only able to deal with serious and life-threatening conditions. As is always the case, only those adults and children with genuine emergency needs should go to A&E. Emergencies include:

  • major injuries, such as broken limbs or severe head injury
  • loss of consciousness
  • an acute confused state
  • fits
  • severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that can't be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds

Alternatives to A&E: If you become ill with a non-urgent condition and need advice, please visit Health A-Z for information or go to your local pharmacist. For more urgent conditions that you believe you can’t take care of yourself, please call NHS 111.