January 16, 2012 11.25 am This story is over 123 months old

Wi-Fi spreads at Lincoln County Hospital

Connected: Lincoln, along with hospitals in Grantham and Boston will get a paid Wi-Fi service patients and visitors can use from February.

Lincoln County Hospital along with two other county hospitals are set to offer a paid wireless internet service to patients and visitors.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is working with an external service provider called WiFi SPARK to offer the service in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston.

The Wi-Fi connections are currently being phased into ward and refreshment areas on each hospital site, with posters in availability areas.

The new service will be available in all ward and refreshment areas from the end of February, starting from £3.20 for three hours access.

For 24 hours the cost of the hospital Wi-Fi service is £6, £11.50 for seven days or £15.20 for a month’s access, and the charges can be paid by credit or debit card.

Patients and visitors can use the service using any mobile device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet in designated areas of the hospital.

Stephen Creasey, ICT Technical Services Manager at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said many patients have Internet-connected phones at the hospital.

“A number of patients have previously asked staff if we have a Wi-Fi service available at different locations around our hospitals.

“Many patients and visitors have mobile phones they want to use the internet on or even a laptop if they are in hospital for a set amount of time.

“We are confident that a number of our patients and visitors will use the new service during their time at ULHT.”

Source: United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust