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Patients and charities to benefit from additional free media services in Christmas offer to hospitals

HOSPITAL radio, interviews with iconic musicians, BBC archives and more than 600 healthcare information videos are among the services that patients will be able to access free of charge in hospitals that are signed up to WiFi services by WiFi SPARK. Hospital charities will also benefit from being supported on the SPARK Media platform, in a drive to help boost funds.

Patients will be able to access a range of free media services over Christmas and beyond thanks to an offer to hospitals by WiFi provider, WiFi SPARK. The company is offering a bespoke package of its entertainment platform, SPARK Media, to NHS trusts and health boards that have its WiFi services installed, without any additional costs.

It means that anyone who has to stay in one of these hospitals over Christmas will be able to listen to hospital radio, play sudoku, log on to NHS apps and sites and access dementia support services including BBC Music Memories and BBC Archive. They will also be able to connect to online charity sites, which is hoped will encourage donations so that benevolent services that have suffered due to a downturn in fundraising through the pandemic, can continue.

Ian Spark, head of healthcare at WiFi SPARK said:

“We know that being in hospital over Christmas will be a tough time for many patients, so we want to do something that will help keep them entertained and able to access information that might be useful to them even after they are discharged.

“This Christmas is going to be particularly difficult for anyone in hospital because of a lack of visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we hope that keeping people occupied in a positive way will help, and of course, they will also be able to use our WiFi to contact family and friends, so that might make things a little easier.”

WiFi SPARK is a leading provider of commercial WiFi and media services to the healthcare, retail, transport, sport and exhibition space sectors. The company works with nearly 300 hospitals across more than 80 NHS trusts and health boards in the UK.

Patients and charities to benefit from additional free media services in Christmas offer to hospitals

Ian Spark added:

“We know how hard charities have been hit in supporting and funding so much throughout this pandemic and more trusts are turning to them for help now, with the second wave of COVID-19 cases and winter pressures.” 

Corinne Bailey, manager of Plymouth Hospitals Charity, said:

“Every way people have traditionally fundraised for us has been affected by COVID-19 and we have seen a real dip in donations. We would normally use donations to fund specialist equipment and resources, over and above what the NHS pays for, which makes a real difference for patients, their families and staff. We are really grateful to WiFi SPARK for offering the media services to our hospital and thankful to anyone who wants to look at our charity page link and see how they might help their hospital.”

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