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Canberra Hospital Offering Free Public WiFi

Published June 11th, 2013

Free public wifi is being trialled at The Canberra Hospital, with authorities hoping the service will make a hospital stay easier for patients and visitors.

The service is now available in paediatrics and rehabilitation and is expected to be expanded to other departments later this year, including oncology and the emergency department.

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher says it will help patients keep in touch with their daily lives.

"The Government is working hard to deliver a more comfortable hospital environment for not only patients but also their families and friends," she said.

"Hospital stays can often be unexpected and require periods of waiting around for test results or procedures.

"This wifi access will give people an opportunity to keep in touch with emails and social media as well as general internet browsing to help pass the time and keep in touch with their lives."

The minister says the paediatric wards were specifically chosen for the trial to make the children there more comfortable.

"Internet access will be filtered for appropriateness, and access will be capped to avoid excessive cost to government," she said.

The trial is set to be evaluated later this year.