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Patients urged to avoid non-essential hospital visits amid malware issues

NHS Lanarkshire said it is carrying out further investigations into problems with its IT systems which began on Friday night.

A health board has asked patients not to attend hospital unless it is “essential” after its computer systems were hit by malware.

NHS Lanarkshire said it is carrying out further investigations into problems with its IT systems which began on Friday night.

The health board “took immediate action” to prevent the spread of the malicious software which can be triggered by anyone clicking on a malicious web link.

Calum Campbell, chief executive at NHS Lanarkshire, issued a statement on its Facebook page in response to the IT issues.

The health board’s estate includes Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, Monklands Hospital in Airdrie and Wishaw General Hospital.

Staff were unable to use email systems or access appointments and instead directed the public to the NHS Lanarkshire Facebook site for further information

A later update was issued.

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