Patients of two health boards in Wales will soon have free Wi-Fi available to them. Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf health boards have both partnered with The Cloud to bring free Wi-Fi to both visitors and patients and when combined with a previous roll-out with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg will mean some 1.7 million patients will have free WiFi available to them.
"We’ve listened to our patients, visitors, staff and students who have been asking for improved access to the internet at our hospital sites. We have overlaid The Cloud onto our existing secure WiFi hardware, which will be available across all major estates by the middle of 2014. This means that everyone will have free internet access via their own devices without compromising the security of our existing systems."John Hunt, Head of ICT at Cwm Taf University Health Board
Staying in touch with family is a key part to recovery for those in hospital and with so many people now using e-books access to free Wi-Fi will allow them to easily get new reading material. For those who live alone they can also do simple things like arrange home delivery of their shopping once they know their discharge date.
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