The Queensland Department of Health is working to assure the public that no patients are being turned away from hospitals after the department's central data service centre was shut down earlier today to fix what it is calling a "computer infrastructure issue".
"No patients are being turned away from hospitals, and surgeries are occurring as normal," the department said in a statement. "Routine downtime procedures have been implemented to ensure patient safety."
Hospitals around the state are implementing their contingency plans to work around the infrastructure issue, which is impacting IT throughout the department.
The issue is in the central data service centre, and technical experts are working to rectify the problem, according to a Queensland Department of Health spokesperson.
All hospital and health services have experienced some level of interruption to services, but they all possess contingency plans to ensure services to patients continue, according to the department.
The spokesperson could not provide further details about the nature of the issue, nor an estimated time at which the state's health services network would be back online.
However, it is hoped that the issue will be fixed by Wednesday evening or Thursday.