PATIENTS in the Borders are being warned they could face disruption as the NHS tries to get its IT systems back online following Friday's ransomware attack.

According to Europol, the European Union's police agency, the international ransomware attack has so far hit thousands of organisations in over 150 countires.

GP services and hospitals across Scotland have also been affected by the incident.

A statement issued by NHS Borders this afternoon (Sunday, May 14) said: "Following the national cyber attack, NHS Borders has a recovery plan in place which we are currently implementing. 

"Tomorrow (Monday, May 15) all services operating out of Hawick Health Centre, including Teviot Medical Practice and other clinics will be affected, and patients are asked to phone the health centre before attending their appointments.

"Daily updates will be provided so please only phone in the morning about appointments tomorrow.

"All other NHS Borders services are running as usual."