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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 13:50   #1
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Do hospitals have wifi?

Does anyone happen to know if hospitals tend to have wifi for patients to use?

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 13:52   #2
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Not generally, no.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 13:54   #3
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Not generally, no.
This. The beds have the tv/phone/internet and you have to pay for it. I used my laptop with 3G dongle.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:10   #4
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That's harsh.

If modern airports can have free wifi I don't see why hospitals shouldn't. Milking cash out of sick people doesn't seem right.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:11   #5
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Most airports don't have free wifi any more, it is the sign of the times.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:13   #6
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Almost certainly not. Maybe if it was a private hospital, but not on the NHS.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:14   #7
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That's harsh.

If modern airports can have free wifi I don't see why hospitals shouldn't. Milking cash out of sick people doesn't seem right.
Why? Free wifi isn't a right.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:14   #8
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dongle is the way to go i got one recently think i bought the wrong one in tmobile thought was 1 a day but they have doubled the price to 2 a day

and its complete rubbish lucky if you see over 500k before 1am the upload is always 4mb or more though which is odd
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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:16   #9
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Addenbrookes in Cambridge had free wifi in the restaurant area but nowhere else I've worked does.

They've all got contracts with the company that runs the internet/tv/radio consoles by the beds so I doubt they'd be allowed.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:21   #10
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Why? Free wifi isn't a right.
Why not? It's our money that's paying for the hospitals.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:26   #11
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Why not? It's our money that's paying for the hospitals.
No, your money is paying for people to be treated and get better. Not to have a browse on the internet at the expense of the tax payers.

Very few hospitals have guest wifi access due to the costs involved (the traffic can not be mixed with staff traffic, so a tunnel between the AP's into a DMZ has to be set up along with a dedicated internet connection). I am putting together a proposal for it where I work at the moment and I assure you, it will be a pay to use at a cost similar to that of cheap hotels.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:27   #12
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Why not? It's our money that's paying for the hospitals.
I think the hospital budget has higher priorities
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Think of the cost of thousadns of people on the internet at once . . . . Would need to be a decent sized pipe to handle it all.

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I think the hospital budget has higher priorities
Don't underestimate the importance of keeping sick people in touch with their loved ones and giving them the ability to manage their affairs, such as banking etc.

It may not be the most important thing, but it IS important.

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Old 3rd Jul 2011, 14:44   #15
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If it was that important to stay online, they would already have either a smartphone or a 3G dongle.
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No member of staff has got WiFi at our hospital and even if they did it is so locked down that it's next to useless.
No News sites, no 3rd party email sites (eg NTLworld, BT), no entertainment sites (my site was blocked last week) and so on.

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Why not? It's our money that's paying for the hospitals.
Hospitals are designed to make sick people well again, not to allow free use of entertainment facilities that would put a financial drain on an already struggling healthcare system with little or no benefit to the well-being of the patient overall.

Free-wifi is not something that you would receive at home or indeed at any other institution (Hotels, Pubs, Airports are not free, it is a facility designed to encourage the use of their services and as such is funded, albeit indirectly, by their customers)

The NHS has no such need to encourage you to pay for their services over that of another provider and as such what you are asking is that a service is provided that has no medical benefit over that of funding treatment. As for the basis of contacting loved ones etc. since the advent of Mobile Phones and 3G internet services, you or your family can provide those services themselves much like you or they would have to outside of the hospital environment so that line of argument is moot.
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I cant think of many UK Airports with free Wifi anyway.

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Don't underestimate the importance of keeping sick people in touch with their loved ones and giving them the ability to manage their affairs, such as banking etc.

It may not be the most important thing, but it IS important.
Anyway, if you need to do so, just get a mobile broadband dongle. Just check which provider offers better cover at that hospital in particular.

If it is important for you, that is the way to do it.

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I cant think of many UK Airports with free Wifi anyway.
Quite. Only the channel Islands AFAIK in the UK.
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I cant think of many UK Airports with free Wifi anyway.
Can think of a few in Asia though
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Why not? It's our money that's paying for the hospitals.
Why not free cocktails? Or free beer? ITS OUR MONEY!!!!!

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Don't underestimate the importance of keeping sick people in touch with their loved ones and giving them the ability to manage their affairs, such as banking etc.

It may not be the most important thing, but it IS important.
All the hospitals I've worked in have bedside monitors that allow email, phone, tv, radio and some allow browsing. The facilities are in place, they've been put in by a outside agency however so you've got to cough up to use it.

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All the hospitals I've worked in have bedside monitors that allow email, phone, tv, radio and some allow browsing. The facilities are in place, they've been put in by a outside agency however so you've got to cough up to use it.
When my gran was in hospital to use even the most basic features on this system cost the best part of 25... per day!

I've not been to a hospital in quite awhile fortunatly - whats the deal these days with using wifi and mobile phones/3G dongles in general? used to be all turn your phone off yada yada at the door.

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(sorry for going off topic, but thread has already been answered)

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All the hospitals I've worked in have bedside monitors that allow email, phone, tv, radio and some allow browsing. The facilities are in place, they've been put in by a outside agency however so you've got to cough up to use it.
Hiya buddy, I remember you posting in a thread I made about getting into medicine. At the time I think you were fy2 or something, how are you doing now?
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When my gran was in hospital to use even the most basic features on this system cost the best part of 25... per day!

I've not been to a hospital in quite awhile fortunatly - whats the deal these days with using wifi and mobile phones/3G dongles in general? used to be all turn your phone off yada yada at the door.
You're not meant to use your phone's on the wards but every ward I've been on everyone is using them.

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Hiya buddy, I remember you posting in a thread I made about getting into medicine. At the time I think you were fy2 or something, how are you doing now?
Just finishing ST1 in Paediatrics, neonates is boring the life out of me!

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Just finishing ST1 in Paediatrics, neonates is boring the life out of me!
Haha, nice one, so you passed SHO without getting struck off then . I imagine pediatrics would be a very interesting specialty to be in.

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Shedloads of extra radiation in a hospital in the vicinity of sensitive equipment? Can't foresee any problems with that!

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Shedloads of extra radiation in a hospital in the vicinity of sensitive equipment? Can't foresee any problems with that!
Once you've seen a horde of anaethetists surfing on their iphones mid-operation you begin to wander how much of the phone ban is "TO PROTECT THE CHILDREN!!!!!!" and how is actually because it's a lot quieter on the ward without everyone texting and calling.

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In an NHS hospital if you get served anything better than gruel you're doing well. Don't expect basic amenities like tv/phone/broadband. After all you're only seriously ill in hospital why should you expect any comfort?

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