Service at local Trust returning to normal following NHS cyber attack

Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust issued the following statement on Tuesday 16 May 2017 about progress towards resuming normal services following the recent NHS cyber attack.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Trust took swift action to shutdown and protect our many clinical systems when the threat emerged on Friday. This included pharmacy, x-ray and imaging, clinical tests and digitally-held patient records.

“We began successfully restoring critical clinical systems on Monday evening and many more are coming back online today.

“The volume of planned services was reduced on Monday and Tuesday to ensure we continued to run a safe service.

“We plan to begin returning services to normal from Wednesday. There is more up to date information on our website,

“Both our hospitals continue to be open for emergency care. Please only use A&E if your need is urgent so we can focus resources on the sickest patients.

“I want to reassure patients and the public that all patient information is safe and will be available to us as systems are brought back online.

“I also want to thank our staff for maintaining a safe service for patients over a challenging past few days and, in particular, our IT colleagues for working night and day to get systems back online with the support of colleagues from across the region.

“We are also supporting the criminal investigation into the attack on the NHS and have supplied affected computer equipment to the police.”

Visit the Southport & Ormskirk Hospital website for the latest information about services at the trust.

MP John Pugh opens new Spinal Day Room at Southport Hospital

John Pugh MP officially opened a refurbished day room for patients at Southport Hospital.

The new room will be used by patients of The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The centre cares for people with spinal cord injuries from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, Cheshire, parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man.

The day room has now been completely revamped providing a light, bright location for patients to cook meals, chat and relax.

Emily Hoban, who runs the centre, said: “We were delighted Mr Pugh was able to officially open this new facility which will provide a fantastic environment for our patients.”

The centre is internationally recognised for the excellent treatment of people with high cervical spinal cord injury.

Could your business support Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s heroes?

Businesses are invited to sponsor an award scheme which recognises excellence in the NHS.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Pride Awards are in their eighth year.

They are for hospital staff and teams or those working in community health services who deserve special recognition for their excellence and professionalism.

There are several awards categories including a Patients’ Award. This gives the opportunity for patients and families to show their individual appreciation to a particular member of staff or team.

The Trust is keen to hear from businesses across Formby, Southport, West Lancashire and wider north west, interested in supporting this year’s Pride Awards.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the award categories, starting at £750.

Ann Marr, interim Chief Executive, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The annual Pride Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for the community to support their NHS heroes.

“We are grateful to our existing sponsors for helping to finance this event but would love more companies to come on board. The Pride Awards are designed to celebrate the contribution made by NHS workers in delivering outstanding care to residents across Formby, Southport and West Lancashire.”

Companies interested in sponsorship should email