Monday 22 December 2014

Hundreds of blood tests to be re-checked after computer crash at hospital

Published 29/08/2014 | 20:47

No figure is available for the number of lab tests hit by the IT failure but it is understood to run to several hundred samples.
No figure is available for the number of lab tests hit by the IT failure but it is understood to run to several hundred samples.

Hundreds of blood tests will have to be re-checked and possibly performed again after a key IT system crashed at one of Ireland’s biggest hospitals.

While the majority of the samples involve routine blood screenings at Cork University Hospital (CUH), a number is understood to involve tests for potentially serious conditions such as blood disorders and cancers.

No figure is available for the number of lab tests hit by the IT failure but it is understood to run to several hundred samples.

Cork GPs confirmed they have been told to only send emergency blood work to CUH for manual checking.

The ageing system has been causing problems over recent months but the crash on August 16 was the most severe experienced to date.

It not only resulted in the entire system becoming inoperable but also hit critical back-up storage files.

The laboratory system failure resulted in major delays to all diagnostic services at CUH which is the busiest hospital outside Dublin.

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