Glide Group was able to support the NHS by providing Wi-Fi connectivity to the accommodation of key workers at the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Bristol.
Back in April, the NHS and the Armed Forces constructed a Nightingale Hospital on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, comprising 300 intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients.
This support came at no additional cost to every user, but was provided as part of an existing contract with UWE Bristol which has been ongoing since 2012. Glide successfully provided wired and wireless broadband to 800 rooms, offering seamless connectivity to any key workers within the temporary accommodation. Its team of engineers undertook a series of necessary remote and on-site technical checks, to ensure the site was able to deliver reliable connectivity at scale.
Since 2019, Glide has been upgrading sites to ensure that they are more aligned with the updated methodology that is now applied for switching and Wi-Fi. Work on the site began with a series of upgrades conducted earlier this year. This preemptive work meant that very little physical access was needed to ensure the provision was up to optimal configuration and that the site could be readied for use efficiently.
“These key workers go above and beyond, fighting on the front line against COVID-19, so we are proud to be able to support the NHS in this critical operation, by providing seamless connectivity to key workers at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol. We have invested heavily in our core network capacity in the last 12 months and are confident in our ability to cope with any increase in network traffic. We are pleased to play our small part in supporting the NHS and other critical workers around the country.”Richard Jeffares, CTO, Glide Group