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Cyber ​​attacks affecting Southwark hospitals prompt urgent appeals for blood donors – South London News

Blood centers in Shepherd’s Bush, Oxford Circus and Tooting are appealing for more people to come forward after an emergency call triggered by a cyber attack.

NHS Trusts said a major ransomware attack on Tuesday last week wreaked havoc across King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’, including the Royal Brompton and Evelina London Children’s Hospitals, as well as primary care services.

It targeted pathology partner Synnovis on Monday and caused several procedures to be canceled and had a “major impact” on services, particularly blood transfusions.

The IT attack left hospitals unable to match patients’ blood as quickly as they previously could.

Qilin, a Russian cybercriminal group, is believed to have been behind the attack.

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on O Positive and O Negative blood donors to donate blood urgently to strengthen London’s type O blood stocks. Blood normally has a shelf life of 35 days.

A negative is the type that can be given to anyone, making it vital in emergency situations or when the patient’s blood type is unknown. Only eight percent of the population is type O negative, but it accounts for about 15 percent of hospital orders.

O positive is the most common blood type – 35% of donors have it – and can be given to anyone with any positive blood type, meaning three out of four people, or 76% of the population, can benefit from an O positive donation.

An NHSBT spokesman said: “We urgently need donors to make appointments to give blood in London. We currently have to prioritize donors who know they are type O, but we also welcome new donors who don’t yet know their blood type.

“Please make an appointment at one of the donor centers that currently have good appointment availability. There are over 6,000 dates available in London this week and next week. Go to blood.co.uk to book and find out where to donate or call 0300 123 23 23.”

Following public holidays and school holidays, the NHS has lower than normal stocks of type O blood. Next week is National Blood Week, during which the NHSBT will be launching a big drive for new donors ahead of the summer.

Blood donor centers are at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Westfield Shopping Mall, Shepherd’s Bush and the West End Donor Center in Oxford Circus.

Image: NHS England



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