A project to install 5G connectivity across Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has completed its first phase which will boost connection and download speeds for staff, patients, and visitors, at Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital and Belfast City Hospital.
The work was carried out by Exchange Communications and will play a crucial role in ensuring the hospital can utilise the latest state-of the-art equipment.
Paul Duffy, IT and telecommunications co-director at the trust, said: “The upgrade to 5G will be a huge benefit to our clinical, nursing staff, and everyone who visits the hospital and will help ensure the continued efficient running of the services on which our patients depend.
“The importance of ensuring the hospital has good 4G and 5G connectivity has become even more of a focus during the pandemic.
“Visiting has been restricted and patients have been unable to see their loved ones in person, which has meant they depend even more on digital voice and video connections to keep in touch.
“This project will help to ensure we offer the best internet speeds and connectivity we can for patients contacting their family and friends.”
Tom Sime, chief executive at Exchange Communications, adds: “A good internet connection is very important to the smooth running of a hospital, not just in terms of helping patients keep in touch with friends and family, but also keeping staff connected to patients and colleagues across the UK.
“As technology continues to advance a ‘smart’ way of thinking about the services and treatment Belfast Hospital can provide will be essential, so we are thrilled we were able to install a futureproof system that will continue to support wellness.”