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Hospitals: Mobile Phones

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the NHS has issued in the last two years on the use of mobile telephones in hospitals. (148834)

The Department is not aware of any specific guidance issued by the national health service in the last two years on the use of mobile phones in hospitals.

However, the Department has issued two sets of good practice guidance to the NHS on the use of mobile phones in healthcare premises. The first set of guidance was issued in August 2006, following a request by the Office of Communications and the second set was issued in May 2007, following a recommendation by the Patient Power review group. The guidance concludes that trusts should consider a range of risks and issues when preparing their own policy on mobile phone usage in hospitals, should issue a clear, written, policy which is easily accessible, with the patient at the forefront and designate and clearly signpost areas where mobile phones can and cannot be used.

Both sets of guidance are available on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Policyandguidance/Organisationpolicy/Estatesandfacilitiesmanagement/index.htm

Copies have also been placed in the Library.