The computer system which serves all NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospitals failed yesterday, causing hundreds of hospital appointments and operations to be cancelled.
Doctors, nurses and administration staff have been unable to access vital clinical information, including patients’ records.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said specialists worked through the night in an effort to resolve the issue.
However, the fault had not yet been fixed.
The system crash saw 300 appointments and procedures – including 40 chemotherapy sessions – cancelled.
Today the health board has said that a “fix” would ensure that chemotherapy patients are not affected.
A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde told the Evening Times today that the IT problems continued to affect procedures and appointments. In a statement, the health board, said: “Despite the best efforts of our IT technical staff, who have worked throughout the night we have as yet been unable to resolve the problem.
“We have been able to put in place a fix which we believe will ensure that chemotherapy
patients are not affected by the issue.
“Unfortunately, there will still be some patients whose planned appointments today will be affected and we are currently in the process of assessing which patients this will impact upon.
“As soon as this has been identified we will contact the patients direct. Emergency care services are unaffected.
“We are continuing to work to get the system back on line as soon as possible and would like to apologise again to those patients who have been inconvenienced.”
Yesterday almost 300 people turning up for outpatient appointments were turned away. As well as the 40 chemotherapy sessions, four inpatient operations were postponed and 23 day classes cancelled.
The Scottish Government confirmed it had been informed about the problem.