The eco-friendly vending machine dispenses power banks that can be returned and refilled.
Southampton General Hospital has become the first in the UK to install a revolutionary new sustainable phone charger vending machine.
Visitors, patients and staff will always be able to keep their phones charged without “wasting valuable hospital resources”.
The state-of-the-art vending machines are made by British energy company, Lifesaver Power, and allow users to buy or rent a battery power bank for any smartphone – and once used, either recharge at home or return at the machine.
The company also offers unlimited swaps, so if a power bank is run down, it can be exchanged for a full one at the machine.
In a modern world, staying connected 24/7 is more critical than ever for patients and their loved ones during their hospital stay.
First hospital in the UK.
Southampton General Hospital nurse, Ami Froment, explained: “So many patients come into hospital unexpectedly without chargers, so these vital power banks can assist them in keeping in touch with their loved ones, making them an excellent resource in the hospital.”
Southampton to be the UK’s first Hospital to deploy these machines in partnership with Lifesaver.
Matthew Hine, Southampton General Hospital’s Commercial Development and Enterprise Manager, said: “UHS is proud to be the first Trust to introduce Lifesaver Power into its Hospital.
“The ability to keep connections constant with family, friends and work whilst they are with us at UHS is critical. People do not need the extra stress of worrying if their mobile device is going to run out of charge.
“For the vast majority of us now, the world revolves around our phones – and instant access to information and communication is vital for hospital visitors, patients and staff, so we’re delighted to be the first in the country to provide the very latest in phone battery pack vending technology.”