IT meltdown throws hospital into ‘chaos’


A hospital in London was thrown into what one patient described as “chaos” yesterday when its computer system went down for several hours.

IT issues at St George’s in Tooting, south London, were reported at around 5pm and were resolved just before 8pm.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the cause was not yet known and that an investigation had been launched.


Waiting time

One patient told the BBC that the situation was “chaos”, adding: “We have been here for eight hours. We still have not got a bed and we are waiting for X-ray results.” The patient, who did not want to be named, added: “I did hear a doctor say, ‘I have never worked in a hospital before where all the computers have gone down’.”

The hospital said the emergency department remained open and provided a “full service”.

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