All GP surgeries in England to have WiFi by the end of the year

Written by Sam Trendall on 12 July 2017 in News
News

Hospitals and secondary-care facilities to follow in 2018, NHS Digital has announced

All GP surgeries in England will have free WiFi for patients by the end of the year, NHS Digital has pledged, while hospitals and secondary-care services will get online in 2018.

England’s 187 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have all received funding to roll out WiFi in GP surgeries. Each now needs to find a supplier whose service meets NHS Digital’s specified standards. 


Related content


In the coming months, secondary-care trusts will begin receiving funding. The aim is to have WiFi up and running at hospitals and other facilities that provide secondary-care services by December 2018.

GP’s patients will be able to connect via an NHS.UK landing page, which will host generic healthcare information, in addition to resources specific to the practice or CCG in question. Internet access will allow patients to connect with local clinics and other services, as well as download health apps and browse the web, NHS Digital said.

David Corbett, NHS WiFi programme head at NHS Digital, said: "The introduction of free WiFi services across NHS primary- and secondary-care locations is a response to feedback from patients and staff. It will provide an efficient, reliable, and secure platform that will enable patients and carers to access and utilise digital health and care services. 

He added: “This will support improved patient experience and help patients to take more control and have more involvement in the delivery of their care. It will also provide clinicians and other NHS staff with greater access to online information, services and tools which will support them to deliver better care, and ultimately improve clinical outcomes."

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

How Nottinghamshire drove broadband uptake – and made £5m
17 May 2019

Ceren Clulow of Nottinghamshire County Council, discusses the benefits for local authorities in optimising the uptake of superfast broadband in their region – including potential major rebates on...

Related Sponsored Articles

The age of the multi-cloud is here
7 May 2019

BT explores how to manage the risks and rewards of the cloud in their infographic guide, offering advice for ensuring that the challenges don't hold you back 

Balance the risk and reward of the cloud
30 April 2019

A global cloud infrastructure offers many potential benefits, but also many challenges, and every organisation’s hybrid cloud strategy is unique. BT presents practical advice on getting the most...

Clouds are secure: Are you using them securely?
23 April 2019

BT presents a complimentary copy of Gartner's report, which highlights how, through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer's fault