On Friday the NHS suffered a cyber-attack which caused disruption to IT services across a range of industry sectors nationally. Whilst City Hospitals Sunderland was not one of the trusts directly affected, we have taken a number of precautions to protect our systems and ask the public to bear with us while systems are being restored.
We are currently running hospital services as normal and would ask patients to attend appointments as normal, unless you are contacted and told not to. Please also bring with you any hospital letters and medication.
We do expect the hospital and Eye Infirmary to be busier than normal during the recovery of NHS IT across the region and would ask for your support by using our services responsibly.
Please do not attend A&E or dial 999 unless it is a serious or life threatening emergency. If you feel unwell and need help and advice, you can speak to your local pharmacy, GP or NHS 111 service.
For the latest updates on how this is affecting the NHS across the north east, visit www.urgentoremergency.co.uk/update.