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WiFi SPARK delivers patient WiFi to Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust in record time!

Patients in all wards and department at Colchester General Hospital can now access the internet thanks to the introduction of free Wi-Fi, provided by WiFi SPARK.


The hospital has just started providing the service to patients and staff less than a year after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that free Wi-Fi should be made available in all NHS buildings in England.

The Trust is confident that patients are going to benefit from the free WiFi to use their personal devices such as smartphones to keep in touch with their family or friends via email and social media.

Please see the press release here: Colchester Hospital NHS Press Release

WiFi SPARK delivered the WiFi service in record time, with only 10 days between the order being placed by the Trust, and the first patients to use the service.

In the first days, over 1,100 patients were using the service simultaneously. Darren Atkins, Associate Director of ICT at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We're certain that patients will welcome this service because it seems that virtually everyone these days accesses the internet.”

Tracy Scriven, Director for Healthcare- UK commented. “The team at Colchester wanted to get a WiFi solution in place very quickly. They set us the challenge to deliver an engaging WiFi service for patients in the hospital, complete with a branded user engagement portal, bandwidth control management and content filtering. The expertise of WiFi SPARK in Healthcare meant that we were perfectly placed to deliver exactly what they required.”

By working collaboratively, WiFi SPARK and Colchester Hospital were able to deliver free patient WiFi in record time!

For more information on the Healthcare offering from WiFi SPARK, please click this link: WiFi SPARK in Hospitals


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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.