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CityFibre believes rolling out full-fibre broadband across the UK could have huge advantages for the NHS.

NHS Digital is currently preparing to roll out the Health and Social Care Network, which will replace N3, the national broadband network for the NHS in England.

However, CityFibre's Martin Kemp believes that as this work proceeds, it is "vital that all underlying infrastructure is upgraded to full-fibre".

"This will not only drive cost savings through the removal of multiple connections into the same site, it will give the NHS the reliability, capacity and internet speeds it needs to transform services in the digital age," he commented.

CityFibre has already been working with systems integrator Pinacl Solutions to connect 62 GPs' surgeries and community health centres in Coventry to its next-generation full-fibre network.

The firm said this makes it one of the first cities in the UK to connect the majority of its GP practices to a Gigabit City network, which offers "world-class" connectivity to staff and patients.

"We’re really pleased to see NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) upgrade to a full-fibre infrastructure," Mr Kemp stated.

"This represents real investment into building an NHS that is fit for the future by creating the necessary foundations for digital health and care innovation."

The connections in Coventry are set to go live in May and will benefit approximately 340,000 people across the city.

CityFibre believes the technology will also help the NHS adopt innovations such as telecare and virtual appointments, as well as give healthcare professionals instant and buffer-free access to patient records and systems.

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