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To: NHS Highland

Put an end to extortionate TV charges at Raigmore Hospital - up to £9.90 a day for bedside TV

Put in place a free - or at least cheaper - bedside TV and internet service for inpatients at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness as the last 25 year contract ended in June 2019.

I would propose public WiFi for patients be put in place and endowments fund (meant to support staff and patients) be used to fund tablets for wards to enable patients without mobile devices to access streaming content.

As a former union rep I am aware NHS Highland has a substantial endowments fund and considering it has been used in past to send managers to conferences (one conference costed roughly £10,000) I think it's appropriate to be spending it on the above.

Why is this important?

Patients are paying up to £9.90 for bedside televisions in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. This is a lot of money to pay for access to TV and we believe it should either be scrapped or replaced with a free - or at least cheaper - service which includes public WiFi as the previous 25 year contract came to an end in June 2019.

Patients often spend a long time in hospital and access to TV can help distract people from there hospital stay. It can also be quite lonely with many patients not getting many visitors and, with hospitals understaffed, nurses don’t have a great amount of time to spend talking to each patient.

Giving patients free or affordable access to TV/WIFI will help with the social isolation that staying at hospital can create. Please sign the petition now.

How it will be delivered

We will personally give the petition to NHS Highland Board and if no change is made will be escalated to Health Secretary, Humza Yousef and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

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2019-01-12 02:26:28 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-01-10 14:40:24 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-01-10 11:53:46 +0000

Today Edward Mountain MSP asked a question regarding television services in NHS Highland. Jeanne Freeman Health Secretary stated that public WiFi that enabled video streaming was being trialed in NHS Lothian and if successful would be introduced across NHS Scotland.

2019-01-09 16:34:48 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-01-09 14:01:42 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-01-09 13:24:47 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-01-09 13:01:48 +0000

10 signatures reached