The government has made it compulsory for all NHS sites across England to have a fully functional, and compliant WiFi service in place for patients, staff and visitors by 2018.
NHS WiFi will provide a secure, stable, and reliable WiFi capability, consistent across all NHS settings, and will allow patients and the public to download health apps, browse the internet and access health and care information.
By 31st December 2018, all secondary care settings must have compliant WiFi in place and accessible to patients and the public (subject to approval of funding).
Funding will be provided by the Department of Health and Social Care, and the level of funding each NHS trust will receive will be based on a categorisation of trust size.
Care trusts are responsible for choosing a supplier that can provide an NHS WiFi system which suits their needs, and working with them to implement it across their local NHS sites.