19 July 2017

Patients Praise Wi-Fi Launch at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has launched a free Wi-Fi service available to all patients, staff and visitors.

After listening to feedback from staff and patients the service has been launched across all five sites within the Trust and allows patients to browse the web for free on their phones and other devices. Patients have already said that the Wi-Fi availability has enhanced their stay in hospital.

Mark Wilson, 37, from Upperthorpe, Sheffield, is being cared for at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He said: “I think it’s great. The speed’s been really good and it’s free! It’s a good way to pass the time and you can even get a bit of work done if you feel up to it. People feel lost without the internet nowadays, so it’s a big thing.”

Another patient, Stephen Conroy, 62, of Hunters Bar, Sheffield, added: “You are cut off a little bit when you are in hospital, and I’ve been using it to keep in touch with family and friends on social media and messaging apps. “It means you don’t have to use your own mobile data as well, so it’s really helpful and the service has been spot on.”

Chris Morley, Deputy Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We hope that the launch of free Wi-Fi will further enhance the patient experience. We recognise how important Wi-Fi is for keeping our patients connected with family and friends particularly when people are in hospital for longer periods, so we are delighted to be able to provide this facility.”

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