The Trust has been forced to cancel all routine surgery and outpatient appointments and is asking people to steer clear of the Torbay Hospital. People have been asked to only travel to the hospital if it is “critical”.
Patients in need of urgent care are currently being tended to in ambulances.
Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust wrote on its official Twitter account: ”We have declared a critical incident following a critical IT systems failure.
“Our IT staff have been working overnight to try to resolve the issues and restore IT resilience but we have had to cancel all routine surgery and outpatients appointments today.
“GP practices, Torbay Hospital and all our community sites are affected.
“Please only come to Torbay Hospital if it is critical for you to do so.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and distress this will cause and will update our website as soon as there is any news.”
The Trust later added all Devon Partnership Trust services on the Torbay Hospital site were unaffected by the iT issue.
Other hospitals in Devon are witnessing a higher number of visits than normal, with locals travelling to alternative locations for treatment.
Local Liberal Democrat MP, Sarah Wollaston, has blamed the Government for the IT failure, accusing the Tories of failing to invest in local hospitals.
She said on Twitter: “There is £6bn backlog of repairs across the NHS & the underinvestment in physical & IT infrastructure has led to repeated safety failures & delays.
“Theatres out of action for months at Torbay hospital due to failed air extraction & now critical failures of phone & computer system.”
More to follow…
Published at Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:48:00 +0000