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Medics 'can't access patient files, prescribe or get test results' as huge hospital IT failure becomes 'critical incident'

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Staff across four of Greater Manchester's hospitals say they are struggling to 'access their patients' medical records, electronically prescribe medications and reliably see test results'.

The concerns come as four hospitals have been hit by major IT failures lasting nearly a week, after problems began on Wednesday, May 18.

Concerned staff say the IT crash has 'affected every part' of Royal Oldham, Fairfield General, North Manchester General and Rochdale Infirmary, as 'patients are turning up for results that cannot be seen' on computer screens.

This afternoon, May 24, the Royal Oldham, Fairfield and Rochdale declared critical incidents as staff continue to wrangle with the outages.

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