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Richmond Friary Community Hospital

25 June 2013 13:46

Airwave install a new Patient TV Solution at Richmond Friary Community Hospital

North Yorkshire and York NHS Trust

19 beds comprising single rooms, 2 bedded rooms and 4 bedded bays.

The hospitals outdated equipment and network was not capable of receiving a Freeview service so Airwave installed a new aerial and coax cabling to each TV point. Patients can now enjoy the full range of TV and radio Freeview channels available in the area with excellent sound and picture quality.

There was a requirement to replace old CRT equipment (one shared 15” portable TV, wall mounted in each bay or room). The Trust requested an upgrade and after careful consideration decided to offer patients their own individual TV fixed on an articulated arm for the multi-bedded areas and a wall mounted TV in the single rooms. Multi bedded TV’s had to have headphones and multi remote control settings to ensure patients did not disturb one another.

Some of the walls behind the bed head were partition walls and had to be strengthened with a wooden patress to bear the weight and stress of the equipment.

The system was installed with a minimum amount of disruption to patients and nursing staff over two days. The wall mounted arms fold close to the wall when not in use and can be extended or positioned by the patient themselves with ease allowing them the optimum viewing experience from both a lying or seated position in the bed or indeed the bedside chair.

Airwave offer a wide range of screen sizes and models from leading manufacturers such as Philips, LG, Samsung and Sharp with some offering 19” and 22” in white finish. For this particular project a 19” LG LCD TV was selected which comes with a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.

The system was handed over to the Trust by the ‘Friends of Friary Hospital ‘ who funded the project, and ceremoniously ‘switched on ‘ by local MP, Rt Hon William Hague on June 12th 2009. Patients told Mr Hague how the new Tv’s have improved their in-patient experience at The Friary and that they were now looking forward to watching Wimbledon on their own TV. Staff at the hospital are delighted that patients can now enjoy top quality TV and radio with a wider choice of channels free of charge, they have already found time is saved as they are no longer required to change channel or volume on the communal TV or settle disputes about which programme should be on! The concern now is that patients will be in less of a hurry to get well and go home!

The ward sister is happy to be contacted as a reference site, this can be arranged through Lindsay Davies of Airwave Europe Ltd, 07879 690091 or