Television, radio and phones

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Patients have access to bedside television, radio and phone services in most of our wards. 

There is also a pay per view film service to keep you entertained.

  • Television and radio services

    The bedside television service is available 24 hours a day.

    It is a service you need to pay for, with various packages available, running from two hours of television, to 30 days.

    Terrestrial TV channels are free 8am-12am.

    It's also free for children under 16 years and there are half price reductions for long-stay patients and those over the age of 60.

    Your ward may also have a day room where you can watch TV or sit with your visitors.

    Radio services are free – all you have to do is register.

    These services are maintained and supported by an on-site team and customer care centre.

  • On demand services

    A range of 'on demand' services are available for purchase at the bedside. There are over 80 movies to choose from, including the latest box office releases.

    A wide choice of over 50 audio book titles to suit all ages and interests are also available.

    On demand services are usually included with all big bundles. Content is refreshed on a regular basis. Please check at the bedside for all current titles available.

  • Phone calls

    Phone calls to UK landlines (01, 02, and 03) are free at all times.

    Calls to mobiles from the bedside are available at a charge of 25p per minute. Calls to international numbers will be higher and may vary.

    Family and friends can call into the bedside at a minimum charge of 50p per minute, depending on your network provider.

    Mobile phones should not be used in some areas as they might interfere with some medical equipment or disturb other patients.

    In the places where you can use them, please keep them on silent mode and be considerate to other patients.

  • About Hospedia

    The service provided by Hospedia is installed and operated at no cost to the NHS, in support of the NHS Patient Power programme and licensed under terms and conditions set by the Department of Health.

    The terms of the agreement under which Hospedia operates aims to reduce the financial burden on the patient by offsetting some of the cost of installing and operating the service through charges for incoming calls to the bedside.

    If you have any queries about Hospedia please email customer.relations@hospedia.co.uk.

  • Hospedia TV rates 

    Content and prices vary and on screen special offers are also available on a regular basis. Full details are available at the bedside or you can contact our Customer Care Team who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply pick up the bedside phone to be connected free of charge to one of our advisors.

    If you are calling from an external number please call 0345 414 1234 (standard call rates apply).

    Here are some examples of current bundles available.

    The Big bundles include:

    • 25 TV channels
    • 80+ movies on demand inc Classic films
    • 50+ audio books
    • internet
    • free landline calls.

    Value bundle includes:

    • 25 TV channels
    • free landline calls.

    Mini bundle includes:

    • channels 1-5
    • free landline calls.

    These services can be paid for by purchasing a payment card from one of the vending machines located throughout the hospital, a debit or credit card either over the phone or on the bedside televisions as well as PayPal via the screen.

  • Getting started/creating your bedside account

    Before arriving in hospital:

    • call 0345 414 1234 to pre-register and add credit.

    At the bedside:

    • follow on-screen prompts or
    • lift the handset and speak to a Hospedia advisor or
    • call 0345 414 1234 from a mobile phone.
 
Hospedia bedside unit 

Bedside television, radio and phone services are provided by Hospedia.

Some services are free and some are chargeable.