Free Wi-Fi to be provided in all NHS buildings!
Free Wi-Fi is to be provided in all NHS buildings in England in a bid to improve services and reduce costs, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said.
It will mean patients can use their smart phones or other devices to go online to keep in touch with friends and family or watch on-demand TV.
At present some hospitals charge for Wi-Fi, others have no access at all and a small percentage have been given Wi-Fi via an external partner, donating their services for free.
Silver Lining Convergence Ltd is one the few IT providers that supply free Wi-Fi to hospitals such as the Southampton General Hospital. Over 1000 people from the Ocean Ward and Adult CF Unit at the Southamton General have already connected and the numbers keep rising.
The families at Ocean Ward said "We're really overjoyed by the level of support being given from Silver Lining, and it's heartening to think that people in need of help and support will be benefiting from access to free Wi-Fi across the ward."
The Ocean Ward and Adult CF Unit cares for over 200 patients from the Southern region. These patients spend weeks to months each year in isolation care to try to prolong their life expectancy. Silver Lining support two elements at the Southampton General Hospital. Silver Lining provide free high speed Internet, IT infrastructure and media services, provisioning, management and support. And secondly patients now have access to iPads, Apps, laptops and large flat screen TV’s all free of charge, which helps to improve the patients time spent at the hospital.
Allan Packer, MD at Silver Lining has also dedicated days of his time to install all the equipment free of charge and help the Hospital in their battle to have this new technology installed within the hospital itself.
For those hospitals that dont have Wi-Fi the government has set no deadline for the plans but expects the NHS to be "digital and paperless" by 2020.
The move is a recommendation from a government-commissioned report on improving the use of online technology in the health service.
Money for the service is being provided from a £1bn technology fund.
Mr Hunt said: "Everyone using the NHS expects it to be a world leader in digital healthcare and free Wi-Fi is an essential part of making that a reality.
"It will give patients and staff the ability to access the services they need as well as freeing up clinical time and reducing overall costs."
In the mean time, IT providers like Silver Lining are dedicating their time and money to ensure that NHS patients receive those little extras during long periods in hospital, such as TVs, videos and DVD’s, laptops, fridges and exercise equipment, as well as financing critical medical equipment for the unit if there is no or limited support available within the NHS budget.
Silver Lining strongly believe in providing support in any way they can; from providing IT services, free phone lines and broadband; to raising money. If you are looking for free IT support for your local community or charity please get in touch with Silver Lining today at firstname.lastname@example.org / 0845 313 1111
Silver Lining are committed to providing opportunities for the disadvantaged; opportunities for local students and graduates; rehabilitation and education; long term stability; on the job training and personal development programmes.
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