The Government says it won't be paying a ransom for the cyber attack on the HSE.
The health authority is still trying to get its systems up and running and won't say how much cyber criminals are demanding for the release of its data.
Thousands of patients have had their appointments cancelled for the coming week, with urgent care prioritised. A similar ransomware attack was inflicted on the Department of Health on Thursday.
At Mayo University Hospital, there's widespread disruption to services, as a result of the ransomware attack on the IT systems.
All outpatient clinics are cancelled.
- All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.
- Endoscopy services are cancelled.
- All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.
Elsewhere, in the Emergency Department, patients can expect significant delays due to the issue.
Management says that, where possible, patients should bring their existing patient number or hospital number with them when they come to the hospital or any letter that they have received from the hospital as this will contain information which will make it easier to find existing medical records.
A number of services at the Castlebar hospital WILL go ahead -
Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead, and cancer patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.
Services are being impacted similarly at all hospitals across the Saolta group.