HOSPITAL patients will now be able to make the most of their tablets and smartphones after the launch of a new free guest wifi service.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) has created free access at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Churchill Hospital.

There are plans to roll out the service into the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Horton General Hospital by the autumn.

Users can select the ‘OUH-Guest’ network on their device, at which point they will be taken to a ‘welcome’ page.

No password is required but users will be required to enter an email address.

Catherine Stoddart, chief nurse, said: “We are seeing more and more patients and visitors using modern technology such as smartphones, laptops, and tablet PCs. Communication via the Internet is something that most of us take for granted but if you are in a hospital bed and you suddenly don’t have that facility on your own device, it can be quite frustrating.

“We made the decision to offer free wifi to give more flexibility and control to our patients over the way they communicate while they are here.”

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