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Hospitals shut down computer systems hit by virus

PUBLISHED: 13:51 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

THREE major hospitals in East London have been forced to shut down their entire computer systems after being hit by a virus. The systems have been down for more than 24 hours at the Royal London in Whitechapel, Bart’s in the City and the London Chest at Bethnal Green

THREE major hospitals in East London have been forced to shut down their entire computer systems after being hit by a virus.

The systems have been down for more than 24 hours at the Royal London in Whitechapel, Bart's in the City and the London Chest at Bethnal Green.

A "well rehearsed" emergency procedure has been put in place by the Barts and the London NHS trust, which runs all three hospitals, to cope with the shut-down.

Patients' records have not been affected by the virus, the trust assured. But a spokesman was unable to say if services such as scheduled procedures have been hit by the glitch, which was first detected at 12 noon yesterday (Monday).

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