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Network failure hits 80 trusts

1st August 2006

01082006_ComputerProblem1.jpgEight NHS hospitals and more than 70 primary care trusts have been hit by a computer failure, preventing access to patient records and admission data.

The failure means staff across north-west England and the West Midlands have to log patient movements manually. However, it is believed no clinical information has been lost.

The problem affects 80 trusts in Birmingham and the Black Country, Cheshire and Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Shropshire and Staffordshire and the southern part of the West Midlands.

The "storage area network equipment" which has failed is operated by computer company CSC.

 

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