Southampton hospital first in the UK to launch phone-charger vending machine

Company Lifesaver Power Ltd
Date 18.10.2023

Southampton General Hospital has become the first hospital in the UK to install a phone charger vending machine.

Visitors, patients, and staff will always be able to keep their phones charged without wasting 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.

Once used, the power bank can be recharged at home or returned to the machine.

Matthew Hine, Southampton General Hospital’s Commercial Development and Enterprise Manager, said: “University Hospital Southampton (UHS) is proud to be the first Trust to introduce Lifesaver Power into its Hospital.

“The ability to keep constant connections 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.”

He added: “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.”

The deployment of this modern vending machine in the Hospital’s reception marks a significant milestone for both Lifesaver and Southampton Hospital.

Lifesaver describes itself as a leading provider of sustainable phone-charging services, with a focus on eco-friendly charging options.

The company is dedicated to reducing environmental impact while providing practical and efficient pre-charged power banks to individuals and institutions.

Archie Wilkinson, CEO of Lifesaver, said: “We are thrilled to supply Southampton Hospital with our sustainable phone charger machines.

“Our mission has always been to provide practical solutions that benefit both individuals and the environment.

“We supported over 19 hospitals during Covid but having a machine permanently in the reception means people can stay connected 24/7 with their loved ones.

“It’s going to be a game-changer for those visiting and operating at the hospital.”

Southampton General Hospital nurse, Ami Froment, added: “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.”


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United Kingdom
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