Local MSP Kenneth Gibson has endorsed a decision to provide free television for patients at hospitals.

The Scottish Government has agreed a package with broadcast providers Hospedia to give free TV to all inpatients for the next three months.

The move comes after restrictions were put in place for visiting patients in hospitals and in recognition of the impact this could have on the wellbeing of patients,

Prior to the SNP taking office, long-term contracts were established under the Private Finance Initiative.

MSP Kenneth Gibson said: “We know that being in hospital can be a lonely time, particularly so when visits from friends and family are restricted.

“While tackling COVID-19, it’s important to ensure we’re taking care of the wellbeing of hospital in-patients too.

“That is why for over the next three months, the SNP Government will cover the cost of providing bedside television to every hospital in-patient in Scotland.

“I am delighted that these hospitals include both Crosshouse and Ayr.”

There are approximately 3,400 bedside units which can use Hospedia televisions across six Scottish hospitals, costing patients £7.90 each day.

All other hospitals in Scotland will continue to have existing TV services provided by the local health board free of charge.