The IT service of Waikato DHB is down due to a cyber attack. Photo / 123rf
A large-scale cyberattack brought down the entire IT service of the Waikato District Health Board, affecting all clinical services and forcing patients to cancel their appointments.
“We have provided external assistance to address cybersecurity incidents that affect the information services environment,” DHB said in a Facebook post this morning.
According to DHB, government agencies have been advised and investigations are underway.
They said they were working to solve the problem “as soon as possible”.
“I don’t know how long it will take to resolve this situation, but I’m working hard to bring the service back online.”
All hospitals under the DHB, including Waikato, Thames, Tokoroa, Techiti and Taumarunui, are affected “to varying degrees”.
“We want to assure the public that all inpatients continue to receive quality care from our staff,” DHB said in the post.
“Unfortunately, this means that some outpatient clinics may be canceled as a result of this suspension. Affected people will be contacted to rebook their appointments. “
The DHB encourages the general public to maintain the emergency department at Waikato Hospital only in an emergency.
“This is so that we can continue to provide important services to our patients,” the post said.
If you need urgent or urgent assistance, please continue to call 111. If not urgent, call Healthline (0800 611 116) to access your GP or your local emergency medical center.
Landline services, including the main Waikato DHB number, are also currently down.
Anyone trying to get in touch with a loved one in the hospital should consider using a personal cell phone whenever possible, DHB said.
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Breaking News: Massive Cyber Attacks at Waikato District Health Commission-All Affected Clinical Services
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