He was speaking nine days after the hospitals’ computers crashed, on 19 July, as a direct result of the record-breaking heat.
Without access to electronic records, doctors have not been able to tell how patients were reacting to their treatments. “We were flying blind,” said one senior doctor at St Thomas’. “Getting results back from the labs was an absolute nightmare and involved porters carrying bits of paper to and from the lab.
“However, people often did not specify where a patient was in the hospital. So there were groups of porters and lab staff wandering around the hospital looking blindly