Scotland announces free hospital TV for patients

Patients in six hospitals across Scotland are to receive free bedside television for the next three months, as restrictions on visiting patients continues.

In recognition of the impact that banning visitors could have on patient well-being, the Scottish Government has agreed a package with broadcast providers Hospedia to give free TV to all inpatients for the next three months.

There are approximately 3,400 bedside units which can use Hospedia televisions across six Scottish hospitals, which can cost a patient £7.90 per day.

The hospitals covered by Hospedia include sites in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Lothian. All other hospitals in Scotland will continue to have existing TV services provided by the local health board free of charge.

Discussing the deal, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “We know that being in hospital can be a lonely time, and even more so when your visitors are significantly restricted. Doing what we can to limit the spread of Covid-19 is the right thing to do, but we also need to make sure we’re taking care of the well-being of our hospital in-patients wherever we can. That is why for a temporary period of three months, we are covering the cost of providing bedside television to every hospital in-patient in Scotland. We are asking our patients and visitors to work with us to save lives by helping limit the spread of coronavirus.”

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