Free Wi-Fi launched at north Cumbria’s hospitals

Free public Wi-Fi has been made available to all patients and visitors at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Wi-Fi is now available at both The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and means that patients and visitors will be able to browse the internet and use apps while in the hospital.

The trust was one of only 16 in the country to take part in the initial phase of NHS Digital’s plans for free Wi-Fi in all NHS healthcare settings and IT staff have been working to introduce the system before Christmas.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will also be using the new system in their hospitals and GP practices.

Stephen Harrison, IT manager at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for our patients and visitors, it is something we have received many requests for and we’re delighted to now be able to offer this service in the trust’s hospitals.”

Michael Smillie, executive director of IT for NCUH and CPFT, said: “Being in hospital can sometimes be isolating and being able to go online for free, using their own devices, will allow patients to stay up to date with news, access social media, keep in touch with family and friends and browse the web.

“The trust is always looking to improve services for our patients and visitors, and this will continue as we develop our public Wi-Fi coverage over the coming months.”

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