You will be aware from reports in the local and national media that a number of NHS organisations have been affected by a ransomware attack (an attack on the IT systems which support NHS services). This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS but it has had an impact on NHS services.
The number of GP practices impacted in the Sandwell area has been very small and we can confirm that Your Health Partnership has not been affected by this attack; all of our systems are running normally and are deemed to be secure at this time.
As a precautionary measure we have been advised to disconnect the patient check-in screens at Regis Medical Centre, Carters Green Medical Centre and Oakham Surgery as they are running on older software; if you are visiting one of these practices for an appointment please check in with a member of the reception team.
This may mean that our reception areas are busier during peak times; we would like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and ask that you bear with our reception teams if you find that you have to wait longer than usual.
It is important to remind patients that all practice clinical systems are hosted in secure data centres; there is no evidence that patient level data has been breached as part of this attack.
We will post further updates should the situation change and will inform you when our check-in screens are once again available.
Your Health Partnership