Free Internet access at Southend Hospital

Free internet access for patients and visitors

Free internet access for patients and visitors

First published in Local News

PATIENTS and visitors at Southend Hospital will be able to access free wireless internet in selected areas from Monday, July 28.

The new service, which has been developed in-house by the Prittlewell Chase hospital’s IT department, is completely free of charge and available to anyone with a compatible wireless-enabled laptop or mobile device.

Patients, visitors and guests will be able to check their emails, surf the internet or keep up to date with social media in parts of the hospital including the waiting areas in main outpatients, the education centre, Spice of Life restaurant and the newly-opened Macmillan Information and Support Centre.

Signs will be in place to clearly identify hotspots where users can connect to the new wireless network, agree to the terms of use and start browsing quickly and easily with just a couple of clicks.

Alan Tuckwood, head of IT at the hospital, said: “More and more people are using technology such as smart phones and tablets and we want to give our patients, visitors and guests the flexibility to use their devices while they are visiting the hospital.

“We already have a wireless network in place that allows our clinical staff to securely access information such as x-rays or scan results from mobile devices at the patients’ bedside.

“I am delighted that we have been able to build on this existing investment to provide a benefit to our patients, visitors and guests.”

Plans are in place to make the new wireless network available in other areas of the hospital, including wards and other clinical treatment areas, over the coming months.

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1:42pm Mon 21 Jul 14

John Right says...

Be good for checking on google your problem and whats needed as well as leaving feedback.
Be good for checking on google your problem and whats needed as well as leaving feedback. John Right
  • Score: 5

5:56pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Prittlewell1 says...

I have no idea what wireless network Mr Tuckwood is referring to. wifi access isn't available to front-line clinicians, to the best of my knowledge the only people using it are management.

But I'm glad that we can invest in free wifi for relatives, I'm sure that'll go a long way to distracting them from the staffing shortfalls.
I have no idea what wireless network Mr Tuckwood is referring to. wifi access isn't available to front-line clinicians, to the best of my knowledge the only people using it are management. But I'm glad that we can invest in free wifi for relatives, I'm sure that'll go a long way to distracting them from the staffing shortfalls. Prittlewell1
  • Score: 7

7:31pm Mon 21 Jul 14

runwellian says...

Now they need to provide patients with secure lockers so that they can keep valuable items i.e laptops that can be sued to kill the endless hours of sitting in bed idle.

In this day and age, patients should have lockable lockers.
Now they need to provide patients with secure lockers so that they can keep valuable items i.e laptops that can be sued to kill the endless hours of sitting in bed idle. In this day and age, patients should have lockable lockers. runwellian
  • Score: -1

8:28pm Mon 21 Jul 14

artytoit says...

It'd be useful if it was in the A&E waiting area too, as people have to spend hours there. Funny you should mention Google, John Right. A doctor in A&E actually Googled a shoulder problem I was having, right in front of me. Strangely, he came to the same conclusion as I did a few hours before using the same diagnosis method lol.
It'd be useful if it was in the A&E waiting area too, as people have to spend hours there. Funny you should mention Google, John Right. A doctor in A&E actually Googled a shoulder problem I was having, right in front of me. Strangely, he came to the same conclusion as I did a few hours before using the same diagnosis method lol. artytoit
  • Score: 4

7:34am Tue 22 Jul 14

DCLEIGH says...

May I predict one or two (pessimistic) scenarios.
First, it will be free - BUT, your name, address, email, mobile number will all have to be entered and you will, subsequently, receive emails, texts, junk mail, etc from companies who have urchased these details.
Secondly, The rip off that led to patients having to PAY to watch TV (instead of staring at the ceiling) will ensure that no one can access the internet without paying them some compensation.
May I predict one or two (pessimistic) scenarios. First, it will be free - BUT, your name, address, email, mobile number will all have to be entered and you will, subsequently, receive emails, texts, junk mail, etc from companies who have urchased these details. Secondly, The rip off that led to patients having to PAY to watch TV (instead of staring at the ceiling) will ensure that no one can access the internet without paying them some compensation. DCLEIGH
  • Score: -4

11:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

Prittlewell1 says...

Dear DC,

I am unclear, what was it that gave you the impression that the NHS was obliged to provide you with free internet access with no strings attached?
Dear DC, I am unclear, what was it that gave you the impression that the NHS was obliged to provide you with free internet access with no strings attached? Prittlewell1
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

John Right says...

runwellian wrote:
Now they need to provide patients with secure lockers so that they can keep valuable items i.e laptops that can be sued to kill the endless hours of sitting in bed idle.

In this day and age, patients should have lockable lockers.
At hospital all you need is a back to front gown, to make you look ridiculous all other rubbish, phones laptops etc should be banned, note spelling Gandy...
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Now they need to provide patients with secure lockers so that they can keep valuable items i.e laptops that can be sued to kill the endless hours of sitting in bed idle. In this day and age, patients should have lockable lockers.[/p][/quote]At hospital all you need is a back to front gown, to make you look ridiculous all other rubbish, phones laptops etc should be banned, note spelling Gandy... John Right
  • Score: -1

3:40pm Sun 27 Jul 14

The1andOnly says...

Just a shame you are not allowed to charge your devices on the premises according to the trust policy
Just a shame you are not allowed to charge your devices on the premises according to the trust policy The1andOnly
  • Score: 0

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