Wifi in Hospitals


This post is for the myriad of people who come to my blog looking for information on how to get online while they are in hospital. I am really sorry, that I probably won’t be able to help you.

I’ve been running the Campaign for Free Wifi in Hospitals for a number of years now. We have a Facebook Group here, and I did get a small amount of funding for the cause about three years ago. Oh, and there is a self-populating list of hospitals with wifi here. My unscientific estimate is that slightly more than a third of NHS hospitals in the UK now how wifi which is accessible to patients, sometimes free, but not always, whereas, as far as I know, 100% of private hospitals have free patient wifi.

But, I really feel for the people who come to my blog looking for information on how to connect to the outside world while they are in hospital. It is incredibly frustrating, I know, not being able to keep in touch with family, friends, and work while in a hospital ward. I wish there was more I can do. We need a co-ordinated approach to this, but no one with resources seems interested.

9th March 2014: ¬†I’m updating this post with news of a major positive breakthrough¬†https://johnpopham.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/wifi-for-hospital-patients-a-major-breakthrough/

Human Organisations

I’m inspired by a post written by Anne Cooper this morning about change models. Anne works in the NHS and has to deal with massive change, elements of which can be achieved using a variety of methodologies.

Personally, I get very dispirited when I see any organisation acting like it is not a collection of human beings. All that process stuff really gets me down. I am optimistic that social media is gradually changing the world so that we can get insights into the real people who work in organisations, and so that organisations can be influenced by regular interactions between the humans they deal with, whether they are customers, “service users”, or whoever, and staff.

Did you see the local resident confronting the Defence Secretary over the Government reaction to the floods? The video is below. This is an example of what I mean. This was one human demanding some human reaction from another and it got results beyond the political point scoring.

I would ask anyone who works in a big organisation to think before making a decision; what is my human instinct on this issue? We are humans at work as well as outside it. I don’t see why we should behave differently when we enter the office.