By John Leyden
21st November 2008
Computer systems at three major London hospitals are largely back online
on Friday morning, three days after a major computer virus outbreak
forced staff to disconnect the network.
IT systems at St Bartholomew's (Barts), the Royal London Hospital in
Whitechapel and the London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green were taken
down on Tuesday following infection by the Mytob worm. The three
hospitals make up the Barts and the London NHS Trust.
A spokesman for the Trust explained that email and internet access had
been restored "across key areas", while the Trust continues to roll out
its recovery plan, gradually restoring computer access to wards and
departments. "Progress is being made and we expect systems to be fully
restored in a matter of days," he said.
A serious computer virus infection at the Trust - later identified as
caused by the Mytob worm - was first detected on Monday. IT support
staff thought they had the malware under control but systems crashed
when hospital staff logged onto systems on Tuesday, prompting managers
to launch an established disaster recovery plan. External consultants
have been drafted in to get systems restored.
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