In-building mobile connectivity
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3 scenarios healthcare workers face that demand strong mobile connectivity

Healthcare workers work tirelessly on the frontlines, facing any number of stressful situations over the course of endless shifts to save lives and keep people safe. Having installed Cel-Fi QUATRA signal boosters at NHS buildings in the past, take it from us: healthcare workers need strong, reliable mobile coverage to maximise their effectiveness in hospitals.

Mobile devices allow doctors to contact relatives and other staff members, easily look up patient records, and use apps to assist with diagnosis, organisation and rota scheduling. We’ve even seen a study on the topic that shows that 91% of doctors use a smartphone and that 88% use it regularly in a clinical setting. However, as we’ve discussed before, hospitals are notorious for having poor in-building mobile phone signal.

Here are three scenarios that healthcare workers might face that show why strong mobile phone signal is vital to operations at hospitals.

Scenario 1: A hospital expands its staff or sees a spike in patients

Hospitals can have a wide variety of staff with so much going on that it’s difficult to keep tabs on everything effectively, particularly during intensely busy periods (i.e. the Covid-19 pandemic for example). With mobile devices, nurses and doctors are able to access rotas wherever they are, providing more flexibility and helping them stay organised during intensely busy periods.

In recent years, several apps have launched to help healthcare workers get organised. HealthRota, for example, is a rota planning application that gives NHS Trust staff a clear view of their work schedule. But many of these apps require mobile phone signal to work effectively.

Scenario 2: A doctor needs to look up a patient’s records quickly

More and more hospitals worldwide are seeing the benefits of moving to a paperless model, whereby patients have electronic health records stored in the cloud so that they can be easily shared. Using mobile data, healthcare workers can access digital patient records on tablet and mobile phones, which is particularly important for specialist units such as maternity clinics.

Doctors are increasingly using mobile apps to organise their workload, keep up with the latest developments in medicine and interact with patients. One such app is Figure 1, a sort of Instagram for doctors which allows them to discuss real medical cases with over 500,000 healthcare professionals worldwide.

Scenario 3: Keeping lonely patients occupied

The hospital can be an incredibly isolating place for people visiting alone. Particularly during pandemic which restricted access to wards. Hospitals need to provide strong mobile coverage not only so that people can reach out to loved ones, but so that they can keep up with what’s going on outside, stream entertainment and access important information such as emails and insurance documents.

Healthcare facilities need strong in-building mobile connectivity

Healthcare workers rely on fast communications, speedy diagnoses and good communication to do their jobs well. If they are constantly held up by a lack of mobile phone signal, this will make it harder to communicate with their patients and each other.

UCtel has a solution. With a passive distributed antenna system from Cel-Fi, hospitals can benefit from comprehensive mobile phone connectivity across their entire building, allowing doctors and staff to communicate effectively, as well as helping patients to stay in touch with loved ones and make their stay at a hospital 1,000s of times more comfortable.

The best part? Hospitals won’t need to go through a massive upheaval to boost their mobile coverage. Instead, Cel-Fi’s Ofcom-compliant solution can be installed in a matter of weeks with no major building works required.

If your hospital or healthcare facility is constantly struggling with poor mobile phone signal, get in touch today with your building’s floorplan and we’ll discuss how we can create a bespoke solution to meet your building’s requirements. Get in touch with us today by emailing sales@uctel.co.uk or calling 0333 344 4417.