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Hospital Wards: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 125553, tabled on 30 January 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to ensure that NHS England provides (a) complementary wifi and (b) basic television services in children's hospital wards.

Answered on

7 February 2018

Being in hospital can be traumatic for any patient, but especially so for children. Providing a warm and caring environment, including access to television services, is therefore very important and National Health Service trusts are expected to provide this as a matter of course. Data for 2017 shows that 93% of organisations provide children in hospitals with a range of equipment appropriate to their age, including a bedside TV, radio and telephone.

NHS Digital is working to make sure that everyone can access free WiFi in NHS sites in England. NHS WiFi will provide a secure, stable, and reliable WiFi capability, consistent across all NHS settings. It will allow patients and the public to download health apps, browse the internet and access health and care information.