All GP surgeries in England to have Free Wi-Fi by the end of this year

17th July 2017

NHS Digital has announced that every patient in England will be able to access free to use Wi-Fi in GP practices, under a scheme being rolled out across the country.

NHS Digital has started roll out of NHS Wi-Fi to all General Practices across England which should be completed by the end of 2017. Patients will be able to access the Internet free of charge in their GP's waiting room, via their smart phone or tablet.

NHS Digital said that the patients will be allowed to link in with local health clinics and services and is paving the way for future developments in digital patient care.

NHS Wi-Fi will provide an efficient, reliable and secure platform that enables GPs to offer and utilise the latest digital health and care services across all NHS settings. It will allow patients and the public to download health apps, browse the Internet and access health and care information.

NHS Wi-Fi programme head at NHS Digital, David Corbett said that the introduction of free Wi-Fi services across NHS primary and secondary care locations is a reaction to feedback from patients and staff.

He further added that the free NHS Wi-Fi will support enhanced 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 that will support them to deliver better care, and ultimately improve clinical results.

The next steps for the 187 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who have received the funding to rollout Wi-Fi will be to source Wi-Fi services from a commercial supplier that can meet the national Wi-Fi standards developed by NHS Digital and then implement Wi-Fi in GP practices locally.

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