Elective surgeries postponed at hospitals in Melbourne’s east after suspected cyber attack

Elective surgeries have been postponed at hospitals in Melbourne’s east after a suspected cyber attack affected its computer network.

Eastern Health, which operates Box Hill, Maroondah, Healesville and Angliss hospitals, was forced to shut down some of its IT systems after the incident late on Tuesday.

Some surgeries at Box Hill Hospital have been postponed after a suspected cyber attack on Eastern Health.Credit:Eddie Jim

Category 1 elective surgeries – patients who require treatment within 30 days – will continue as planned, but other surgeries have been postponed.

Eastern Health issued a statement confirming the attack.

“Many Eastern Health IT systems have been taken offline as a precaution while we seek to understand and rectify the situation,” the statement said.

“It is important to note, patient safety has not been compromised.

“However, the incident has impacted our ability to undertake less urgent (Category 2 and 3 elective procedures) which will be postponed to a later date.”

The hospital also “apologised for any inconvenience”.

“We thank our staff, patients and their families for patience during this situation and we will keep them informed.”

Eastern Health also runs day hospitals and community health services, including Yarra Ranges Health, Yarra Valley Health, Wantirna Health and the Peter James Centre in Burwood East.

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