Guy’s and St Thomas’ systems face disruptions due to intense heat in UK


UK: The Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital has been facing interruptions in its servers following the extreme temperatures that have been prevalent in the country for the last few weeks. These are leading names in London’s health sector and have been facing issues in their main servers. The temperatures have been soaring to 40 degrees Celsius, leaving citizens perspiring.

Earlier, the operations at St Thomas’ and Guy’s were called off owing to the breakdown of its IT servers. Chief operating officer John Findlay said it was “the most complex” incident at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust “in a very, very long time”. He has declared the incident as really a critical one as it had slowed everything down which people had to work really hard .


While technology has taken over, managing tasks like recording interactions with patients all over ‘paper’ and having to carry that paper has been quite a task for the organisation. With the failure of the IT servers of the hospitals, things became really complicated to manage. The incident could have been fatal where a cancer patient was almost given the wrong drugs.

Things would get really worse if similar weather conditions prevailed in the country for an extended period. Although the systems have been restored to functionality, the problems and disruptions have still been prevalent, stated chief executive Ian Abbs.

The past week has been difficult for everyone at Guy’s and St Thomas’,” stated Mr Abbs. “The first thing is that I want to make a heartfelt and unreserved apology for what has happened. This is not what we expect or want ever to happen.”.

Further, he showered praises upon the entire staff for their dedication and commitment to their duties and promised to independently review where things actually went wrong and steps to be taken to avoid such incidents any further.


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