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10 August 2018

Keeping patients connected in hospital

Free patient wifi is now available at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust’s community hospitals.

Nearly 400 patients a day are logging on to our wifi network, which is available at the 10 inpatient wards we run, our minor injury units and in more than half of our outpatient areas.

During the past month, patients have accessed more than 125 apps, including Netflix and BBC iPlayer and have used nearly one terabyte of data.

Victoria Cover, Head of Clinical Services, Urgent Care and Community Hospitals in west Kent, said: “Making wifi available to our patients has made a huge difference to their care and experience when using our hospitals.

“Spending a lot of time in hospital can be lonely and patients can get bored. The figures speak for themselves – people like to stay connected and offering wifi is making their trips to the hospital that little bit easier. It’s the right thing to do and ensures we are meeting the needs of our patients.”

Wifi is now available at:

  • Gravesham Community Hospital
  • Sevenoaks Hospital
  • Edenbridge and District War Memorial Hospital
  • Tonbridge Cottage Hospital
  • Faversham Cottage Hospital
  • Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital
  • Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay
  • Hawkhurst Community Hospital
  • Victoria Hospital, Deal
  • Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital (in the minor injury unit)
  • Sheppey Community Hospital (in the minor injury unit)

We are aiming to roll out patient wifi to all outpatient areas by April 2019. It shows up as NHS-WIFI on wireless devices.

In the picture: Staff Nurse Ruth Hargreaves, patient John Rice, 87, from Maidstone and Discharge Nurse Caroline Essenhigh at Sevenoaks Hospital.

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