Louth Senator calls for free WiFi access for Lourdes Hospital

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Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Louth Senator calls for free WiFi access for Lourdes Hospital

Senator Ged Nash calls for free WiFi access for Lourdes Hospital

Senator Ged Nash has called for free Wifi access to be provided to patients and visitors to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The Labour senator says that on foot of representations he has made to the hospital, the HSE has confirmed that the Wifi access project is currently being considered by management.

He explained, “I am frequently contacted by people on this issue. While those who have been and are being cared for as inpatients in our hospital have nothing but praise for the care and attention they receive from dedicated staff, the absence of Wifi access is a constant bugbear.

Senator Nash continued,

“While they are certainly bigger issues to deal with in our health service in terms of waiting lists and an ongoing shortage of beds, the provision of free access to Wifi during a hospital stay or indeed while waiting in outpatients or indeed in ED can contribute greatly to the comfort of someone’s stay in hospital.

“The hospital has acknowledged this and I have been informed that they are currently assessing the costs involved and the current ICT capability.

“Any proposal to be made would require HSE/government capital approval. For a relatively small amount of money, free access to Wifi would be of great benefit to hospital patients to enable them to stay in touch with the outside world", Senator Nash concluded.