Patients and visitors at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital can now use their phones without worrying about data overages.
On Wednesday, Island Health and the Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary said free public Wi-Fi is now available at the hospital.
The auxiliary is paying for the operating cost of public Wi-Fi, which is estimated to be up to $5,000 annually. Island Health will provide the service within the hospital’s existing Wi-Fi system, without adding any new wireless signals or access point.
The Wi-Fi will support basic Internet browsing, but not the large bandwidths associated with high-definition video streaming, Island Health said.
Patients and visitors can connect to the Wi-Fi by selecting “IslandHealthGuestWifi” once they are at the hospital.