Cyber Attack

Roman Road Health Centre will be open as usual on Monday following the cyber attack which took place on Friday 12 May 2017 and affected the NHS and many other organisations around the world.

We may not yet have full access to patient records, prescriptions and appointment systems but we are using well-tested contingency plans to ensure that services can continue to be provided.

The NHS is asking patients to continue to use the NHS wisely and remember that they can seek help and advice from a range of other sources, such as pharmacies or 111.

What you can do to help

  • Before contacting the practice, consider if it is urgent,  could it wait or could you be helped by another service for example NHS 111 or your local pharmacy?
  • People who have GP appointments should turn up as normal unless they are contacted directly and told not to. Please do not ring us to check as we will be extremely busy.
  • If you need to book an urgent GP appointment on Monday morning, you will be able to do so but please bear with us if you have difficulty in getting through to your practice and keep trying.
  • Please bear in mind that we may be running more slowly than usual and be patient with staff.
  • [if applicable] Our electronic call queuing systems has been temporarily affected. You can still ring the practice on the usual number, but may experience some delays in getting through.  If this happens, please keep trying to get through. Thank you for your patience and understanding while NHS It technicians work to resolve the problem.

Statement for Patients

We are sorry for the inconvenience being caused for our patents trying to contact the practice by telephone recently. You may have found that trying to reach us first thing on a Monday morning has been particularly difficult.

Like many GP practices in Lancashire, our telephone system is run by a local NHS IT provider who are aware of these issues.

We want to assure you these problems have been escalated and explain that fixing them is not in our control, so please be patient with us whilst they are being addressed.

We have been told that over the next few weeks, a short term fix being put in place that should ensure our telephone systems can stay online during very busy periods. In the longer term, we know that upgrades are being made to the system that should fully resolve the problems.

Remember, there are other ways that you can contact the practice. Firstly if you are able please review our web pages please do this is where we will provide you with the most up to date methods of contacting us or where appropriate other alternatives exist such as:-

* MyGp or PatientAccess ; an app that you may have already downloaded (if not please do and follow the instructions for use) which you can use to book appointments, contact the practice or order your prescriptions.

* As usual, you should dial 999 in an emergency and can access NHS111 or your local pharmacy for advice.

Coronavirus – Advice for Patients

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Updated:
02.03.2020