Patients will soon be able to enjoy free access to wireless internet from their hospital beds.
In a move worth £65,000, NHS Grampian will introduce full coverage across all the health board’s facilities.
The service is already being trialed across a number of sites in the area, and the plan is to roll coverage out to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and community hospitals in the near future.
A health board spokeswoman said: “We are seeing more and more patients using modern technology such as smartphones, laptops, and tablet PCs.
“Communication via the internet is something that most of us take for granted but if you are in a hospital bed and you suddenly don’t have that facility on your own device, it can be quite frustrating.
“By upgrading or purchasing new wireless controllers we will be able to offer free Wifi to give patients more flexibility and control over the way they communicate while they are on NHS Grampian premises.
“As well as providing entertainment, internet access will allow patients and visitors to communicate to friends, family and carers in a number of ways e.g social media.
“It will be also be beneficial for those patients who may not have regular visitors or those far from home.”
The funding has come from the health board’s General Endowment Fund.