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Question reference: S6W-07507

  • Asked by: Siobhian Brown, MSP for Ayr, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 22 March 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 21 April 2022


To ask the Scottish Government whether it is possible for hospital patients to access free or reduced cost TV to watch during their stay.


It is recognised that television provides respite to many patients, and that technology plays a critical role in enabling patients to remain connected with the outside world. NHS Scotland’s patient entertainment services currently vary, dependant on location and specialities of the hospital sites and all Boards are expected to assess and adopt a patient-centred approach when considering local provision.

Free-of-charge entertainment services may include television on wards, in day rooms and at the bedside and Wi-Fi to enable access to free, non-subscription media services linked to the terrestrial television channels. Loan devices, such as tablets, may also be available where patients do not have an appropriate device of their own.