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Norweb Expands NHS TRUSTnet Project

Norweb Telecom said it is doubling the size of the TRUSTnet project, a high-capacity network that enables multimedia traffic to pass between NHS centres in the northwest of England.

Set up in conjunction with Manchester Acute Trusts, TRUSTnet is a sophisticated virtual private network (VPN) that links 20 sites including hospitals, medical schools and universities in Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

"The success of the network has been phenomenal and, as more and more hospitals join TRUSTnet, the benefits for existing members increase," said Duncan Brown, TRUSTnet manager for Norweb Telecom.

"The NHS has very high-tech communications needs, including videoconferencing and tele-medicine applications, which can prove costly. Norweb Telecom offers the NHS the very latest technology at affordable rates."

Among the institutions currently joining TRUSTnet are leading specialist cancer centre The Christie NHS Trust, Crewe Hospital, Bury Healthcare Trust, Royal Oldham Hospital, University Hospital Aintree, South Manchester University NHS Trust, Stepping Hill Hospital and Cherry Tree Hospital.

TRUSTnet members get free inter-site calls, fast digital communications, conference calling between sites, and several other tangible benefits.

Speaking from South Manchester University NHS Trust, Jane Thomas said that by switching to Norweb Telecom and joining TRUSTnet two more major hospitals now had the benefit of a direct link with the university. Improved communications included free voice and data transmissions, as well as free calls to other hospitals.

Norweb Telecom provides PSTN lines, Centrex, leased lines, ISDN, and Internet services to businesses and public institutions.