ZINTEK PROVIDES WI-FI SYSTEM FOR 150 PATIENTS IN ST MARYS HOSPITAL DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
St Mary’s Campus is located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin City Centre. The campus comprises of St Mary’s Hospital and the Phoenix Park Community Nursing Unit.
Zintek were commissioned to supply Wi-Fi for the Phoenix Park Community Nursing Unit. This unit consists of 150 beds throughout two separate buildings. Both buildings had no Wi-Fi system or any supporting cabling infrastructure.
Only a month into the COVID pandemic the management of the hospital were increasingly concerned that the patients had limited contact with their families. At the very start there had been a ban in place for all visitors. The mobile signal within the hospital was non-existent so for a patient to contact their loved ones they had to be brought to the nurse’s station to ring on the landline. This situation of course during this pandemic was unacceptable.
Zintek cabled out the two buildings providing access points throughout all the wards. We did this under the enormous pressure experienced by all the staff in the hospital who were all just learning to deal with this pandemic and all the PPE requirements that came with it. We installed a high-end solution of gigabit capabilities in partnership with EnGenius who supplied all the hardware. EnGenius offers a complete solution with full remote management through an off-site management server EzMaster.
Although this project was completed to the highest specifications available, Zintek had to react quickly when news came from the hospital management that they could not provide us with an external line in. So, without delay we installed 4G aerials on the top of the buildings and ran the whole system on 4G. This, though not ideal, gave us an immediate turnaround to make the site live.
Zintek supplied pre-programmed tablets for the staff to use for communications. Set-up and training were provided to make sure all were comfortable with the new system and the tablets were distributed between the two nursing homes.
We continue to provide management and support for the staff and the system.
Most importantly, the residents of the nursing home are now able to contact their loved ones though applications like Zoom and Skype offering some relief to their present circumstances and doing a little to overcome the temporary distance from their families.
‘ The professionalism, problem solving skills and commitment showed by Zintek to deliver this project was second to none’
HSE Estates Project Manager