Free wi-fi rolled out at Princess Royal Hospital

Jack Westcott, IT Network Engineer, and Gary Steen, Chief'Technology Officer, at the heart of the new WiFi System.
Jack Westcott, IT Network Engineer, and Gary Steen, Chief'Technology Officer, at the heart of the new WiFi System.

Patients and visitors at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath will now benefit from free wi-fi.

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) said the new £230,000 wi-fi system has been rolled out across its hospitals, which also includes the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Princess Royal Hospital , Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards

Princess Royal Hospital , Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards

More than 900 new wi-fi points have been set up throughout the trust’s wards and clinics giving free access both inside and outside buildings.

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Gary Steen, chief technology officer, said: “A comprehensive wireless network is key to providing free access to the Internet for patients, visitors and staff.

“The system supports the wireless devices that are essential in healthcare today and allows us to get the best from the range of clinical technologies used throughout our hospitals.

“This is a major investment in supporting the quality of care for our patients and the quality of information access for everyone coming to our hospitals.”

The hospital trust said the new system supports mobile phone calls being made through the Wi-Fi network.

This allows calls to be made even in areas with little or no mobile signal.

BSUH said the availability of wi-fi calling improves the experience of patients, who will be able to use their phones anywhere on site, and makes communication between staff easier.

To use the public wi-fi system at any BSUH’s site, select ‘NHS wi-fi’ from the list of networks on a device, and follow the on screen instructions.

Registration is similar to many other free wifi services.