IT systems at Western District Health Service (WDHS) have been impacted by a cyber security incident that is affecting a number of Health Services across the South West and Gippsland.
To minimise the impact of the incident, hospitals throughout Victoria have isolated a number of servers and blocked access to several IT applications, with staff switching to manual or paper based systems to maintain services.
WDHS chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald said the breach had created some challenges for staff, but it was largely business as usual for WDHS consumers at present.
“At this stage staff are working hard to ensure that the impact on our patients, residents and clients is minimal,” he said.
“Local elective surgery lists, hospital inpatient and emergency department services, community health and residential aged care remain largely unaffected.
“After verifying the nature and credibility of the risk on Monday evening, the South West Alliance of Rural Health (SWARH) implemented a number of measures to protect data and prevent the incident escalating.