Hospital trust among first to offer free wifi to patients

University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton
University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is one of the first in the country to offer free WiFi to patients and visitors in its hospital buildings.

It has rolled out the new internet service across the University Hospital of North Tees.

University Hospital of Hartlepool

University Hospital of Hartlepool

The move is part of the trust’s vision to improve patient experience and continue its work to be one of the country’s leading NHS digitally mature organisations.

The trust is also installing the system across its other main site at the University Hospital of Hartlepool over the coming weeks.

Dr Graham Evans, the trust’s chief information and technology officer, said: “We have now launched free WiFi for all patients and visitors to help deliver an even better experience during their time here.

“It is accessible free of charge. Being hospital can be an anxious time, so we hope that this will help people keep in touch with their family, friends and loved ones.

“It will also provide a much easier way of finding directions, accessing healthcare information, getting details about public transport or just staying connected while you wait for an appointment.

“This is part of our vision to provide an excellent patient experience and shape services around people’s needs.”

Earlier this year the trust was rated joint first in national NHS trust rankings for work the trust has carried out to improve the way it uses technology.

To log in, search for the network ‘NHS-Wifi’ and follow the instructions.