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DoH calls for more mobile use in UK hospitals

7th January 2009

The use of mobile phones in UK hospitals should be allowed wherever possible, according to a new report.

Guidance put forward by the Department of Health (DoH) this week calls for medical institutions to make using handsets a more acceptable practice as this can allow patients a better connection with friends and loved ones.

It is recommended that mobile phone use be encouraged in hospitals in any areas where they will not have a detrimental effect to the privacy of others or interfere with medical equipment.

Restricted areas where phone calls can be made should be set up and clearly marked so that staff and patients are aware that these designated spaces will not come into conflict with critical care systems.

Commenting on the guidance, health minister Ben Bradshaw said that it was “essential” that people spending time in hospital were given the opportunity to connect with others who cannot be there to visit them.

“Mobiles phones are commonplace in everyday life these days and people have told us that they’d like to be able to use their phones more in hospital to keep in touch,” he added.

Recent research from the University of Kent, entitled Cell Phones – Risks and Rumour, suggested the idea mobile phones could start fires when used on petrol station forecourts was an urban myth.

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