UK-based Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has decided to deploy Meru Networks’ Wi-Fi, in a bid to support its new clinical SmartCare project and patient services.

The new 802.11ac wireless network will be used in three primary areas of the Trust, comprising Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospitals.

The Trust is also planning to deploy the wireless network across all sites in the future.

Under the project, Meru will offer wireless access for staff when the Trust goes live with a new electronic patient record (EPR) system later this year.

"The Trust has a very clear vision for its IT and this revolves around its new mission-critical clinical service, SmartCare."

Meru Networks Henry Batten said: "The Trust has a very clear vision for its IT and this revolves around its new mission-critical clinical service, SmartCare, as well as the provision of patient services in wards and open areas.

"From the outset we highlighted Meru’s unique technological advantages and why a single channel approach would work for them."

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SmartCare will help the Trust to avoid the use of paper notes and will deploy a digital patient information system.

Meru’s channel layering technology will help the Trust to run different services on different wireless channels, allowing clinical services to be run separately from other highly used patient services and protecting the security and integrity of confidential patient data.

Meru, along with its partner European Electronique, will replace the existing Aruba system and roll out the new network.

The network includes 1600 AP832 access points, MC4200 controller, Meru Connect for secure on-boarding of guests and visitors and Meru Network Manager for centralised monitoring, visibility and control of the WLAN.

Image: Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Photo: courtesy of Jonathan Billinger.