Val Hopkins was enjoying a church service yesterday - from the comfort of her hospital bed.
In what is thought to be a first for a hospital in New Zealand, the service was broadcast live from the Taranaki Base Hospital chapel.
It was marvellous, Mrs Hopkins said. "I was so thrilled it was going to be relayed on TV."
Project Maunga (the hospital rebuild) project director Ian Grant said the Taranaki Health Foundation Supporters sponsorship of the patient TV system had enabled the installation of a video camera in the hospital chapel, which will allow services to be broadcast to TVs in the new acute services building's in-patient wards.
"When we developed the scope for the patient TV system, the hospital user group identified the need for internal channels that would allow it to broadcast to the patient bedside televisions."
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