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More than 100 patients affected by Leeds pathology IT systems crash

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust postpones a number of patients’ operations after its pathology IT systems crash

Patients at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have seen their operations cancelled as a result of an IT systems failure.

The trust’s pathology IT systems, which is used to report and process test results, first began experiencing problems on 16 September 2016, which are still ongoing.

In a statement, the trust said it’s working hard to resolve the issues, which were caused by a hardware failure, and has made “good progress” addressing the issues with the system, but that it’s “continuing to experience problems with our pathology IT systems”.

“Unfortunately, we have had to postpone 113 patients’ operations as a result of the issue with the pathology IT system,” the trust said.

“We recognise that it is taking a significant time to restore the IT system, but this is a very complex issue.”

The blood transfusion system is now “operating as normal”, but the blood sciences systems are still not functioning. However, the trust hopes some of them will be ready for testing by 28 September.

Leeds has also put in place “temporary arrangements” for alternative testing. Nearby Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been affected by the crash, but also has access to alternative testing provision. Other trusts in the area are providing capacity for GPs who are able to request routine blood tests and results from them.  

X-rays and scans are still operating as normal, and the trust has “continued to provide urgent, emergency and cancer procedures”.

“We recognise the inconvenience and upset this causes for patients and for this we are very sorry. We hope to have full functionality restored and back to normal clinical practice by the end of the week,” the trust said.


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