Christmas can be a tough time for sick children in hospital, but a very special visit from Santa has brought the young patients of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin a special gift – free WiFi from eir Business. Liam Donnelly, Director of Sales, eir Business talks about the difference WiFi will make to these young patients.
eir Business has delivered free WiFi to Our Lady’s Children Hospital, Crumlin. This high-speed fibre connection will allow the children and teenagers who are patients at the hospital to watch movies, play games and access social media, just like their friends and family at home.
Our Lady’s Children’s hospital has short and long stay patients in their care. Some of these patients are restricted to isolation wards for up to 40 days at a time. An important factor in their care, their comfort and also for their treatment is being able to maintain contact with the outside world.
“Encouraging patients to carry on with their lives when they are ill gives them a sense of being able to ‘come out the other side’, maintaining relationships and pursuing life goals as well as educational achievements, where feasible. The generous gift of superfast WiFi from eir Business to the hospital will assist patients with communicating with the peers, schools and family especially when in isolation for long periods of time. We are extremely grateful to eir Business today who have made patient WiFi happen at the hospital,” said Fionna Brennan, Assistant Director of Nursing at OLCHC.
eir Business, together with partners Xirrus and Ucopia, delivered this critical project for free. It includes the eir Advantage WiFi solution in key areas within the hospital; 200Mb direct synchronise fibre broadband connectivity, which ensures consistent, high-quality WiFi; a content filtering solution to ensure inappropriate content is not permitted; and product management expertise to make sure patients and families get the best possible WiFi experience.
“Stimulation, as with the other platforms, is important because it is part of everyday life. Teenagers and young people participate in all sorts of different activities which differ for each individual but often include education and learning as well as socialising and entertainment in a range of forms. In the context of the Adolescent Den at OLCHC, stimulation can include playing games, watching TV and films, reading, listening to music, arts and crafts. These activities are very important in distracting patients from some of the day-to-day problems associated with their treatment. Being able to watch movies on their mobile devices and communicate with their friends and schools via high speed broadband helps to pass the time and can be important in keeping up morale of a patient when in hospital,” explained Fionna.
“The eir Advantage WiFi solution we’re providing brings an element of normalcy for these patients and their parents, without the worry of cost or connectivity. It is especially gratifying to see just how much of a difference it makes in the lives of these young people and their families,” said Liam Donnelly, Director of Sales, eir Business.