Hos­pi­tals get con­nected

Free Wi-Fi rolls out to south­west health

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Ransley [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

PA­TIENTS and vis­i­tors alike are set to ben­e­fit as free Wi-Fi rolls out across the south­west this week.

The new ser­vice is set to help pa­tients feel bet­ter con­nected dur­ing their time in South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Linda Patat said the new ser­vice was in­te­gral to de­liv­er­ing on a strate­gic goal of in­vest­ing in tech­nol­ogy that sup­ported per­sonal care and in­no­va­tion.

It will also be use­ful for their vis­i­tors, who of­ten spend long hours in hos­pi­tal supporting their loved one.

“It is one of the core levers to ad­dress health dis­par­i­ties ex­pe­ri­enced by our com­mu­ni­ties when it comes to ac­cess, health lit­er­acy and de­liv­er­ing pa­tient driven care.”

Ms Patat said the free Wi-Fi-en­abled fa­cil­i­ties would al­low users to con­nect in­stantly with fam­ily and friends, en­joy a host of en­ter­tain­ment, and even do such ev­ery­day tasks as pay­ing bills or catch­ing up on work.

“We know that hos­pi­tals can some­times be a long ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing able to con­nect for free to the out­side world will mean a lot to our pa­tients,” she said.

“It will also be use­ful for their vis­i­tors, who of­ten spend long hours in hos­pi­tal supporting their loved one.”

PHOTO: ELLEN RANSLEY

FREE FOR ALL: Linda Schefe, Toni Cant and Stu­art Bat­ter­ham en­joy free Wi-Fi, now avail­able at South West Hos­pi­tals and Health Ser­vices fa­cil­i­ties.

PHOTO: ELLEN RANSLEY

WI-FI SMILES: Toni Cant, Stu­art Bat­ter­ham and Linda Schefe use free Wi-Fi, now at hos­pi­tals and health fa­cil­i­ties in the south­west.

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