PRESS RELEASE Free Wi-Fi available for Blackpool Victoria

January 29, 2015
Free Wi-Fi available for Blackpool Victoria Hospital visitors
PATIENTS and visitors to Blackpool Victoria Hospital can now access free
Wi-Fi thanks to a partnership between Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust and Blackpool Council.
For a number of years the Trust’s IT Department has been exploring various
options to offer patients and visitors a free to use limited Wi-Fi service and a
solution has now been found allowing free access in several areas of the
hospital site.
Shaun Bucknill. Head of ICT at the Trust, said: “The demand for Wi-Fi
services from checking your emails to surfing the internet or keeping in touch
with loved ones is now part of everyday life and shouldn’t necessarily stop just
because you are in hospital.
“However, as budgets become tighter and tighter within the public sector,
offering a free to use service without adding to burden with this new service
was a significant challenge.
“The vision became reality on the back of a recent collaboration with
Blackpool Council, which saw the development of a new state-of-the-art IT
facility to help both organisations.
“Blackpool Council has offered for some time a public Wi-Fi service at a
number of their locations and with the connection of the two organisations the
reach of this network can now be extended Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
“Whilst the initial roll out is limited to non-bedded areas, due to existing
contractual arrangements with the Trust, it is expected that this service will
grow and become available to more areas in time.’’
He added: “I feel that this is a great example of public sector organisations
working together to improve the experience of their customers whilst
minimising the impact on the Public Purse.”
Cllr Fred Jackson, cabinet member with responsibility for IT, said: “I am
delighted that we are able to help to provide free Wi-Fi to visitors and patients
at the hospital.
“Spending time in hospital is not something people tend to look forward to but
I hope this gesture makes their visit that little bit easier.
“Being able to check Facebook or catch up on the news for five minutes could
be a much needed distraction for someone.
“I think nowadays people expect to be able to access the internet wherever
they are and I am happy that we are able to make that a reality at Blackpool
Victoria Hospital.”
The Wi-Fi can be accessed through the WirelessBlackpool network that will
be shown on your phone settings.
Photo caption: Wireless Blackpool now available at Blackpool Victoria
Hospital in public areas
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