Broadband boost for Talbot Park

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 06:48 22/01/2014
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REST HOME: Timaru's Talbot Park.

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Faster broadband could soon be available at Timaru's Talbot Park.

The South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) is investigating ways to improve broadband speed at the 78-bed residential care facility.

Chief executive Nigel Trainor said one of the options considered was to install a wifi repeater at Timaru Girls' High School.

"However, due to the topography and obstruction of trees and buildings this is not possible," he said. "Alternatively, we are looking into mobile [3G/4G] internet as an interim measure until the fibre optic network is available."

He said faster internet speed at Talbot Park would benefit software programmes used by staff to improve patient care.

"InterRAI is an example of such software," Mr Trainor said.

InterRAI is a web-based comprehensive clinical assessment tool for aged care. It provides a clinical assessment of medical, rehabilitation and support needs and abilities, including mobility and self-care.

"This information helps nurses to write tailor-made care plans which, when implemented, benefit both residents and staff."

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