BARNSLEY Hospital is to spend £7,000 to allow all patients to have free TV access so they can watch the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics. The hospital's TV offering is provided by Hospicom which charges £3.50 per patient per day for the facility - but the hospital has agreed to use its charitable funds to cover the cost of providing free TV access from June 2 to 5 for the Jubilee celebrations and for the Olympics in July and the Paralympics in August. Hospital chairman Stephen Wragg said: “Patients who will have to stay at the hospital this summer will be in during a whole programme of historical events taking place across our country – and we don’t want them to miss out. “The Charitable Funds make it possible for the hospital to buy equipment, improve facilities and enhance the wellbeing of patients and staff where it wouldn’t be appropriate to use NHS money but where the Trustees can see that it will make a big difference - and it was agreed that this is one of those occasions.”