PATIENTS at Derriford Hospital will now be able to stay in touch with friends and family on the internet for free.
The hospital is providing free wi-fi to all patients, guests and visitors. The wireless service will allow users to send and receive e-mail and surf the internet on their own wireless-enabled laptops or devices in permitted areas of the hospital, including patient rooms, main lobby, and the restaurant.
Andy Blofield, director of Plymouth ICT shared services, said: "For patients there is a great benefit to staying connected with friends and family and the world outside during what can be an anxious time in hospital.
"Staff have told us that free wi-fi would make a real difference and we felt it was important to listen and deliver modern facilities in a modern hospital."