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Updated: Computer virus grounds multiple services at HSN

Elective surgeries and procedures may be rescheduled
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Health Sciences North is currently experiencing technical difficulties which are impacting their IT systems.

Updated January 16 at 6:20 p.m. 

Health Sciences North is still experiencing technical difficulties with their IT systems due to a computer virus.

Hospital officials are unsure as to how their system became infected with the virus, and several IT experts, including McAfee, are working to rectify the problem as soon as possible.

The virus has impacted several internal software systems at the hospital.

"The quality of patient care is not impacted," said a news release from HSN. "This disruption may cause delays with some of our programs, longer wait times in the Emergency Department."

Certain elective procedures and surgeries in the next 24-48 hours may be rescheduled. Patients are  in the process of being rescheduled for treatement later this week and into the weekend. Those patients impacted will be notified.

In addition, chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments have been cancelled today and tomorrow at the North East Cancer Centre and satellite clinics.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," said HSN in a news release. "To ease congestion in our Emergency Department during this time, the public is reminded there are alternative care options available in the community including walk-in clinics and Telemedecine."

Health Sciences North remains open to the public at this time.

Original story:

Health Sciences North is currently experiencing technical difficulties which are impacting their IT systems.

"We are actively working to rectify this situation as soon as possible," said a news release from HSN.

Patients may experience delays in accessing some of  the services at Health Sciences North. The hospital remains open and accessible and will continue to provide care for patients.

"We thank the public, patients and families for their understanding and patience during this time," said the news release.




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