I was pondering this the other day when it was suggested to a friend I could not possibly have been in the RBH once because I was posting things on another forum and everyone knows mobiles are not allowed in hospitals! I take my lap top and 3G card in with me and unless I am in ITU I can access the web via the 3G card. It is an absolute life line to be able to keep in touch with people via forua, MSN and email. In Torbay you can not use your mobile anywhere but no-one seems to have worked the 3G card is the same thing. In Ealing you can use your mobile on the resp ward but not in HDU or ITU although they have allowed me to use the 3G card in HDU when I have been there for a while so long as I keep it quiet! RBH you can use the mobile and 3G card no problem. I know the general concensus of opinion is that mobiles do not disrupt machines unless they are very close and very sensitive hence the ITU ban so why on earth don't all hospitals just relax their policy and allow them like Ealing does? Ealing does ask you don't use them at night and that you remember there are others in the ward but apart from that there is no problem. Is it simply to do with their contracts with Pat Line etc or are some hospitals still living the dark ages? Don't they realise that being able to stay in touch with friends and family is really an important part of the recovery process?