HSE shuts down IT systems after ‘major cyber attack’ as Rotunda hospital cancels appointments

The HSE was forced to shut down its computer systems following a “cyber attack” this morning.

All computer systems have been shut down as a precaution and to allow time to “assess the situation”.


Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital has asked people not to attend except in an emergencyCredit: Alamy
HSE CEO Paul Reid said the attack was 'very important'


HSE CEO Paul Reid said the attack was ‘very important’Credit: Photocall Ireland
The attack is 'man-made'


The attack is ‘man-made’Credit: Getty

The HSE tweeted, “There is a significant ransomware attack on HSE computer systems.

“We have taken the precaution of shutting down all of our computer systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us to fully assess the situation with our own security partners.”


HSE boss Paul Reid said it was a “human” and “very significant” attack.

The Covid-19 vaccination system was not affected.

Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, he said: “Our first priority is to contain the problem. This is a major incident for us.

“As the morning progresses we will have more clarity on the impact of this.

“The vaccination program is continuing, it is not impacted.

“So come on ahead for this.”


Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital has canceled all appointments today.

A statement reads: “The Rotunda Maternity Hospital suffers a significant ransomware / cyber attack which affects all electronic systems and records of the hospital.

“The hospital staff are working to resolve the problem.

“All appointments have been canceled for today Friday May 14th.

“The only exception is for patients who are 36 weeks or more pregnant.

“Otherwise, you are asked NOT to attend the Rotunda unless it is an emergency.

“La Rotonde will publish updated information as soon as possible.”

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