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Euros send free WiFi usage soaring at Cardiff & Vale Hospitals!

Cardiff & Vale Health Charity have been proudly cheering for the Wales national football team in their Euros 2016 games – watching the matches via the free WiFi that the charity funds for the patients, visitors and staff in the hospitals of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Patients at Cardiff & Vale hospitals are keeping up with all of the matches during the Euros 2016 by streaming them via the WiFi. During the recent game vs England Leo (pictured) and other patients in the Children’s Ward at the University Hospital of Wales eagerly kept up their support through the whole 90 minutes, as they watched via the free WiFi available throughout the hospital.

The company responsible for the WiFi is the England based company WiFi SPARK. With over 13 years of experience of bringing patient and visitor WiFi to the NHS, WiFi SPARK has developed the leading digital offering for the Healthcare sector to enable hospitals and healthcare facilities to offer premier connectivity to their patients.

Gareth Bulpin: Technical Development Network and Support Manager for Cardiff & Vale UHB said ‘We have been offering free high quality WiFi with WiFi SPARK for four years now. It is a fantastic service that enables patients to be connected and entertained while they are in hospital. They can email, go on social media and even stream live TV and movies. In the past 6 months we have had over 20,000 GB of video over our public WiFi Service which demonstrates the high quality of connectivity that we are offering, for free. ’

During the last match the usage of the WiFi soared, with over 3000 people accessing the public WiFi simultaneously to view the Euros 2016 match between Wales and England, and the same amount are expected tonight.

There’s no doubt as to which team the patients and staff at the University Hospital Wales are supporting. Good luck to Wales against Russia this evening, the whole of the patients, visitors and staff of the University Hospital of Wales will be watching!

To access the WiFi patients or visitors just need to select the network called ‘CWTCH’ and register anytime.

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Rebecca Duffin is the Marketing Executive for WiFi SPARK and has a direct responsibility with the whole look and feel of the SPARK® brand.


Rebecca has been with the company since January 2012 and comes from a design background of Art, Photography and Digital Applications. Her core design framework rests with Adobe and she is responsible for the management of Sales & Marketing literature, promotional and social media management.


Rebecca is the main communications lead for both internal and external comms and she has a direct responsibility liaising with partners in the first and last stages of project implementation.