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Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first NHS trusts in the North East to provide free Wi-Fi for patients and the public across all of its sites

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first NHS trusts in the North East to provide free Wi-Fi for patients and the public across all of its sites
05 June 2018

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has become one of the first NHS trusts in the North East to provide free Wi-Fi for patients and the public across all of its sites.

The Trust, which provides mental health, primary care, community and specialist services in Hull, the East Riding and North Yorkshire, has spent £200,000 installing the service at more than 60 sites.

Mental health units and Whitby Hospital are among the facilities to have benefited.

Trust IT Service Manager Richard Brumpton said: “In the past year the IT team here at Humber has done a fantastic job enabling us to be one of the first trusts in the North East to roll out this service.

“The investment demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to technological innovation and to continuing to provide our patients and visitors with an experience they would expect in today’s NHS.

“Giving our patients the ability to remain in contact with their loved ones, social networks and entertainment is very important as it can have positive effects on wellbeing, reducing anxiety and even aiding recovery.

“It’s very exciting that patients and the public can now be more connected than ever, maintaining relationships and completing household business, while on Trust sites.”

Funded by NHS Digital, the technology allows users to detect the Wi-Fi signal through their smartphones, laptops and tablets and connect to it through a self-registration portal.

Access to the internet is provided through an NHS.UK page which, in time, will host national healthcare information and content from local health services.

Each account lasts 14 days before expiring and deleting, preventing unused accounts from remaining on the network.

Initial feedback has been positive, with patients and the public welcoming the free and easy-to-use system.

The introduction of the new network supports several of the Trust’s six strategic goals, including ‘enhancing prevention, wellbeing and recovery’ and ‘promoting people, communities and social values’.

It is also part of plans to improve the use of online technology in the NHS, by, for example, enabling more clinical staff to benefit from mobile working.

 

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