Health and social care services users in East Lothian are being advised to be wary of possible scam emails following a cyber security attack.

Nottingham Rehab Supplies (NRS) who supply and maintain equipment for the Community Equipment Loan Service (CELS) used by East Lothian have said they were victims of a cyber security attack.

CELS is a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian which provides, delivers, installs, repairs, maintains and recycles a range of social care equipment helping people of all ages to live independently.

Equipment includes profiling beds, mobile hoists, toileting aids, bathing/showering aids and mobility products.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: "Specialist teams are currently investigating the extent of the attack. We do not yet know if any personal customer data has been compromised.

“As a safeguarding measure, we would encourage service users to be extra vigilant in relation to any contacts or emails receive from people not known to them, who may attempt to scam personal details for illegitimate purposes.

“We would also recommend service users consider regularly changing their key safe number, if they have one. Please remember to update any service providers that are allowed to use key safe with the new number, such as home care staff or telecare providers.

“Please remember that any official visitors will carry branded identification badges, which you should ask to see before you allow access to your home. Genuine callers will always be happy to present their ID badges.

“Should you wish to discuss concerns further, or require assistance please contact Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324 for advice or support.

“If you suspect that you have been targeted by scammers, please report the matter to Police Scotland.”