Belfast hospital is ‘smart’ building

Exchange Communications features in News Letter highlighting its recent completion of the first phase of a 5G connectivity installation for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

A project to install 5G connectivity for 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 and smart enable the buildings.

The work was carried out by Exchange Communications, digital transformation and telephony experts 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, CEO at Exchange Communications, said “A good mobile 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.

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