Public hospitals to offer FREE television for patients

FREE TV: To date, the television service has a cost of four euros per day for hospital patients. Photo: Shutterstock

THE Valencian Community’s public hospitals will start offering a free television service as of February 15, reassured the Department of Universal Health and Public Health.

The free broadcasting will be spread across the 20 health departments of direct management of the Valencian Community, including centres that host long-term patients and those that have chronic illnesses.

The project’s cost has been estimated by the Government for around €1.2 million, covering the installation and maintenance of the devices, including accessories, i.e. batteries and remotes, in nearly 5.600 hospital areas.

Ana Barceló, councillor of the department of Universal Health and Public Health, stated that the new project will make patient’s stay more enjoyable and eliminate additional costs for the patients.

The new service, starting next week, will be offered in 2,231 patient’s individual rooms, 2,749 in double rooms, 318 in waiting rooms and 286 at hospitals posts.

To date, the television service has a cost of four euros per day for hospital patients.

An upgrade to the current service is part of a bigger picture, under the Plan for Dignification of Infrastructures, to improve the well-being of patients and universalise all services in order to avoid any extra costs during their stay, affirmed Barceló.

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