West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper, is demanding that Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust lifts the ban on patients using mobile phones.
Restrictions have been in place in many trusts because of concerns the mobile phones could interfere with medical equipment.
Health ministers have been clear there is no reason for an outright ban and phones can be used safely away from sensitive equipment. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said mobile phone use should be restricted only where equipment was used, as in intensive care and specialist baby units.
“I have written to the hospital trust on the issue of patients using their mobile phones whilst in hospital. In light of new guidance from the Department of Health I am calling on the hospital to extend the areas in which people can use their phones.”
“Patients should not have to rely on expensive bedside systems to keep in touch with their family and friends during their stay in hospital. For those people in hospital for a long time it can be far too expensive to use the bedside system.”
“If good enough throughout the rest of the country then it should be good enough for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.”
“Whilst I would encourage the extension of mobile phone usage it is important that phones are responsibly to avoid disturbing other patients.”
Rosie is PPS to Health Minister, Ben Bradshaw and a former chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital.