The provision of free WiFi in NHS hospitals is sporadic across the country, with many Trusts unable to dedicate funds to the cost of WiFi provision and some choosing to charge for it. However, thanks to the brilliant QEHB Charity, patients and visitors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham can now stay connected!
In a connected world, being unable to access your social media, favourite websites and TV programmes only adds to the isolation and frustration of having to be in hospital.
And anyone who has spent any length of time at the QE knows that, even if you have a good data allowance on your mobile phone, the chances of getting a signal are slim! (We have – and trying to run B31 Voices from a QE hospital bed / bedside for a month was a tad tricky!!)
The new Wifi network is already up and running. To connect, just search for a network called QEHBCharity-guestWiFi, enter your email address and then agree to the Terms and Conditions. It’s as simple as that!
Mike Hammond, Chief Executive of QEHB Charity, said: “We are already starting to hear about how the new network is benefitting our patients – they can keep in touch with friends and family, browse the web and keep themselves entertained whilst on the wards or waiting for an appointment. It also means patients can give the Trust real time feedback as they will have easy access to patient experience surveys.”
The new WiFi network is available at the following locations:
– Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
– Nuffield House
– Heritage Building (majority of areas)
– Smethwick Dialysis Unit
– Trust Headquarters/Haematology Clinic
– Post Graduate Centre
– The Learning Hub
The WiFi has been funded by QEHB Charity for patients and visitors to use & staff are asked not to use this network as this will impact on the level of service which patients and visitors receive.
Great work QEHB Charity!