Free patient Wi-Fi now available at Macclesfield Hospital | Knutsford Times

Free patient Wi-Fi now available at Macclesfield Hospital

By on May 6, 2018

Free and unlimited Wi-Fi is now in place for patients and visitors at Macclesfield District General Hospital.

The service, which shows up as ‘NHS Wi-Fi’ in and around the hospital building, is provided using O2’s secure public Wi-Fi service and is completely free to use with no time restrictions.

Kath Senior, Director of Nursing, Performance and Quality, said: “For some time Macclesfield Hospital patients and visitors have been telling us that they would like Wi-Fi to enhance their stay, so we are delighted to be able to offer this service completely free of charge.

“It will mean that, where appropriate and providing it does not cause a disturbance to others, people on the site can use the internet and keep in touch with family and friends online more easily.”

People only need to register once in order to use the service and will then automatically access any of the O2 Wi-Fi hotspots provided nationwide, such as Manchester Airport. Conversely, visitors to the hospital who have already registered their devices to other O2 hotspots will automatically connect. When first connecting to the Wi-Fi, users will be directed to a landing page which provides patients with useful information about the hospital.

The trust is asking patients and visitors to show consideration to others when using the Wi-Fi, particularly for social media purposes. Photographing, filming or recording hospital patients and staff without their express permission is strictly forbidden.

Restrictions on mobile phone use are also in place in some areas of the hospital, for example within the MRI suite. Please see signage or speak to a member of staff for guidance.

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