The core of the current Local Area Network (LAN) at RCH has been in place since 2003, with the WLAN (wireless) network implemented in 2004, which was a very early wireless deployment. Both technologies are now obsolete in terms of support and are unable to be expanded further. Since that time both of the networks have supported an increasing workload with many more applications being used and a significant increase in device numbers.
The use of the Wireless Network has increased exponentially in the past 2 years to include staff and guest access, meal ordering and porter tracking and there are now around 2400 clients associated with the wireless network at any one time.
The networks have reached a point where they are struggling to support mobile applications such as e-Prescribing and the capacity does not exist to fully meet the additional requirements of projects such as e-Observations, RFID and eNotes.
This project will implement a refresh to our LAN and will upgrade the Wireless network across the RCHT site providing a network platform that will meet current requirements and support the move to full digital care records over the next five years.
This upgrade requires the installation of cabling and associated infrastructure in every corridor, ward, bed bay and department across the Treliske site. The whole process is expected to take at least six months to cover all areas.
Access to all areas will be agreed in advance of works being carried out and all works in clinical areas will adhere to infection control measures as required.
Throughout the project there will be an emphasis on Business as Usual (BAU) working methods in order to restrict downtime. Out of hours (OOH) working may be required at times.
If you have any queries, please contact the CITS Project Team 01726 627900 or email rch-tr.LAN-WiFi@nhs.net