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NHS makes urgent appeal for blood donations after cyberattack on London hospitals

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 10 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1277
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS has made an urgent appeal for O blood type donors in response to the cyberattack that forced some of the largest hospitals in London to cancel operations and divert patients to other trusts.

The ransomware attack on Synnovis, a provider of pathology services, on 3 June prompted trusts using the IT service to declare a critical incident because of the impact on areas including transplant surgeries and blood transfusions. Guy’s and St Thomas’—one of the trusts affected—asked medical students to assist in delivering blood tests while IT systems are down, according to a memo obtained by the Sunday Times.1

The attack affected Guy’s and St …

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