Major London hospitals disrupted by Synnovis ransomware attack

A ransomware attack affecting pathology and diagnostic services provider Synnovis has impacted healthcare services at multiple major NHS hospitals in London.

While Synnovis has yet to issue a public statement regarding the June 3 ransomware attack, memos sent by partner hospitals affected by the attack revealed that this “Ongoing critical incident” has had a “Major impact” on healthcare services across southeast London.

“Our pathology partner Synnovis experienced a major IT incident earlier today, which is ongoing and means that we are not currently connected to the Synnovis IT servers,” said Professor Ian Abbs, CEO of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Urgent and emergency care at the impacted hospitals will also likely be affected by this ransomware attack since quick-turnaround blood test results are no longer available.

Synlab Italia, part of the SYNLAB group and operating 380 labs and medical centers across Italy, suspended all medical diagnostic and testing services in late April after it was forced to shut down its IT systems to contain a ransomware attack.

In March, the Dumfries & Galloway NHS health board, which manages almost a dozen hospitals in Scotland, was also hit by a ransomware attack.

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