Free public Wi-Fi is now available at the Tofino General Hospital. Photo courtesy CBC.

Free public Wi-Fi is now available at the Tofino General Hospital. Photo courtesy CBC.

Patients and families now have access to free public Wi-Fi at the Tofino General Hospital.

The Tofino General Hospital Foundation is providing the service, which is estimated to be up to $1,300 per year.

“We’re really happy to support this service at the hospital,” Arlene McGinnis, chair of the Tofino General Hospital Foundation said in a statement. . “Many people rely on Wi-Fi and when they’re confined to a hospital room it’s important to be able to stay connected.”

Patients and visitors can access the new service by searching for and connecting to the wireless network “IslandHealthGuest”. Free public Wi-Fi will support basic internet browsing, but not the large bandwidths associated with high-definition video streaming.

The service began on April 15. Free public Wi-Fi was previously launched last year at the Victoria General Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Cowichan District Hospital, Lady Minto Hospital, West Coast General Hospital and Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. They are supported by local foundations or auxiliaries. The North Island Hospital campuses in Campbell River and Comox included Wi-Fi when they opened in 2017.

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