With many elderly and vulnerable patients across New South Wales isolated by COVID-19 restrictions, we are donating 135 tablets to help them keep in touch with loved ones and doctors.

Working with our partners at Samsung, we are rolling out Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro tablets to 13 Sydney and regional hospitals as well as several regional health departments across New South Wales to help patients make video and voice calls.

Working together, we were able to secure and send out devices quickly, with many of them already in the hands of those who need them.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is a great device and has been specially chosen because of its rugged design that makes it possible to appropriately sanitise the devices between patients, which can help to minimise the risk of spreading infection inside wards.

Tablets will be given to patients being treated in hospital or who are isolating in health accommodation or at home and who don’t have the easiest access to technology. They say laughter is the best medicine – so being able to chat and joke around with loved ones will hopefully lift spirits for patients that are alone.

As well as keeping in touch with loved ones, the tablets can also be used for telehealth services or entertainment for isolating children.

We know how important it is for patients in hospitals to keep connected with family and friends while they’re in hospital receiving treatment or in isolation – and how tough it is for loved ones who want to stay in touch.

This is the second program of its kind that we have done recently, with a similar donation to Victorian hospitals last year, which is still helping patients keep connected with their loved ones today.

The cost of the devices is being covered by Telstra and Samsung Australia and the connection to the Telstra mobile network is being covered by Telstra. The partnership will bolster NSW Health’s existing suite of existing devices.

The following hospitals will be receiving devices:

  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Concord Repatriation General Hospital
  • Westmead Hospital
  • Liverpool Hospital
  • Campbelltown Hospial
  • Wollongong Hospital
  • St Vincents Hospital
  • St George Hospital
  • Nepean Hospital
  • Bankstown Hospital
  • Camden Hospital
  • Fairfield Hospital