Over five million patients will soon be able to access Wi-Fi in early adopter GP practices as the NHS takes the first step towards rolling the service out across the entire organisation. NHS Wi-Fi will be installed in 991 general practices across England by 31 March this year. The free to use service will allow patients to link in with local health clinics and services in their GP’s waiting room.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) can acquire Wi-Fi services on behalf of GP practices in their areas through established frameworks including the Crown Commercial Services Framework.
Wi-Fi is being rolled out in both primary and secondary care locations. NHS Wi-Fi will be available in all general practices by the end of 2017 and to the rest of the NHS by spring 2019.
Director of Digital Experience at NHS England, Juliet Bauer, said: “Installing fast and free-to-use Wi-Fi in NHS buildings is an important first step in the delivery of a digital healthcare experience. It will help patients to manage their health by opening up access to digital platforms such as online pharmacy services and approved patient apps and enable doctors and nurses to maximise the benefits of new technologies. Patients will be able to access their GP record online through the Patient Online portal whilst in their consultation, empowering them to take more of an active role in discussing and managing their condition, which we know leads to better health outcomes.”