NHS Digital have this afternoon stated that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have been affected by a cyber attack.
This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors and NHS Digital say at present they do not have any evidence that patient data has been accessed.
NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and ensure patient safety is protected.
This may affect community pharmacists particularly around electronic prescriptions. Please see our guidance on emergency supply and our mythbuster on emergency supply which we hope supports you over this difficult time.