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Free WiFi boost at Palmerston North Hospital - MidCentral DHB

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WiFi has been given a boost at Palmerston North Hospital with more wireless hotspots installed on campus in the past three months to increase coverage for both staff and the public.

There are now more than 400 wireless hotspots on the Palmerston North Hospital campus with recent additions to the Board Office, STAR (including Ward 21, ElderHealth and Rehabilitation), Community Health Village, Te Whare, Spotless workshops and boiler house, Link Block, and Medical Records.

The unlimited free WiFi data is courtesy of local internet service provider InspireNet, which has supplied the hospital with WiFi since late 2011.

For the first six years, people were able to use up to one gigabyte (1GB) of free data per month. Last Christmas, that limit was increased to 1GB per day.

MidCentral District Health Board Chief Digital Officer Steve Miller said providing fast and reliable WiFi at the hospital helped staff in their day-to-day work, which contributed to delivering efficient healthcare services.

"The expansion of unlimited free WiFi is also of great value to patients and visitors helping them to stay connected with friends and family."

The next facility to have WiFi would be the Education Centre, which was part of a major refurbishment currently under way and planned to be completed by March 2019, Miller said. "It is exciting to see all the new technology solutions that are using WiFi. The next step will be to continue the rollout of digital telephones."

The public and staff using personal devices can access the Hospital Free WiFi by InspireNet. For any Hospital Free WiFi network issues, please phone the InspireNet Helpdesk directly on 0800 484 363.

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