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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Simples [*]

Posted by davidburbage on August 7, 2009

I am back from hols….

Having had a bit of time to relax and consider the ways of the world, here’s a simple question to mark (mock?) my return.

Why can’t NHS patients use their mobile phones in hospital wards?

[*] I have been watching too many of the comparethemeerkat.com adverts.


3 Responses to “Simples [*]”

  1. Richard Coe said

    I thought with a background in computers you might know about radio interference David.

    So its not just History you have a gap on then Lord Protector?

  2. See here :

    Hospital Equipment Unaffected By Cell Phone Use, Study Finds

    It does say that a portable CD player messed with an ECG machine, though.

    Alternatively, see here
    Irish Health which suggests an effect can be seen when within 3cm of equipment, so they have a 1 metre rule.

    Sounds sensible to me.

  3. Richard Coe said

    If you take a mobile phone close to your digital set top box you will see its ability to interfere with the signal. More modern equipment will have some dampening installed to mitigate against signal interference – but would you want to stake your life on it?

    Are you proposing hospital police to enforce a 1m rule? A grey rule is hard to enforce. However as the holder of a radio licence I would just say it is a serious issue.

    Their are thousands of different pieces of equipment and it would be impossible to test all the different possible combinations of tranceivers / mobile phones and hospital equipment. The precautionary principle seems sound.

    Interesting to see a Conservative challenging respect for Authority.

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