HEALTH bosses are working to resolve IT problems affecting GP surgeries in the Bradford district.

A spokesperson for the three clinical commissioning groups (CCG) - Bradford Districts, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven and Bradford City - said the problems stemmed from an air cooler at the Douglas Mill data centre on Bowling Old Lane.

They said the problems began on Wednesday, but there had been similar problems over the summer.

“We experienced similar problems to this in the summer and, as a result, had already decided to relocate our data centre to a new modern site independent of the CCG’s headquarters," said the spokesperson.

"This was planned to be completed by the end of October.

"In light of the current issues we have accelerated this migration and are aiming for it to be completed this weekend."

They added: "GP practices continue to be able to use their main clinical system, including being able to see and update patient records and write prescriptions.

"The issue has affected the email system and access to some national programmes, such as electronic patient referrals (eRS)."

The CCGs said they have been working closely with practices and partners to ensure the impact on patient care is minimised.

Engineers have also been on site since Wednesday, working to resolve the issues.