15 May 2017

Our staff continue to work very hard to get our hospital systems back up and running, following Friday’s cyber attack. It has been a difficult and trying time as we continue to rely on paper-based systems while we work on a solution. There is no evidence that patient data has been compromised.

Patients in Colchester General Hospital remain safe and there has been no risk to them.

We apologise to everyone affected.

Our Contact Centre 01206 747576 is open 8am weekdays until 8pm. Or see it online here:

As always, we continue to encourage people to avoid visiting A&E unless absolutely necessary. People should use A&E only for critical or life-threatening situations requiring medical attention, such as loss of consciousness, heavy blood loss, suspected broken bones, persistent chest pain, difficulty breathing, overdoses, signs of a stroke, ingestion or poisoning.

Please phone 111 for urgent medical advice or 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

Many thanks to all of our staff who have gone the extra mile to keep patients safe and recover our IT systems.