Teenage cancer patients at UHNM now have access to Wi-Fi following an innovative project involving partners KCOM and Teenage Cancer Trust.
UHNM has worked alongside KCOM since 2007, with their on-site team running a fully managed service including IPT, telephony and wireless technologies.
The idea for a dedicated patient Wi-Fi service was initially raised by staff from the Cancer Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital before being realised by the on-site KCOM team in partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust. The project has showcased what can be achieved by collaborative working between different organisations and has helped to create a truly unique and valuable service for patients.
Ian Chamberlain, Haematology Advanced Nurse Practitioner, said: "The response from our patients has been wonderful. Many of them, especially the teenagers, want to stay together in the centre but value the connection that their devices give them to their friends and family back home. It's been lovely to see their reaction to the new service."
Debbie Adams, Regional Services Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, said, "For many young people, cancer treatment can be lonely and isolating. Having a sense of normality can be incredibly beneficial and the new Wi-Fi setup allows them to stay connected with the world and their friends, helping to make their time in treatment that little bit easier. We're so grateful to KCOM for being so generous with their time, resource and expertise. We hope that through the funding of this dedicated Wi-Fi, all young people having their cancer treatment at UHNM will benefit."