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When do Radio Halton broadcast?
You can hear Radio Halton exclusively in
Halton General Hospital 24 hours a day, as our broadcasts
continue overnight thanks to our Myriad software providing a 'round the
clock' schedule. We
include the news
on the hour between 10am and 10pm
The hard-wired system feeds to the bedside and the speakers. We also broadcast within the hospital via streaming on the Trust intranet, so staff in departments can access the service on their workstation computers
people volunteer their time to provide the service to patients,
visitors and staff
more songs available on the playlist so that the same
songs don't come round too often. These are the kind of tunes we're were asked for, but didn't
we've put that right:
Our volunteers visit patients on the
wards and chat with them to help them relax - find out what music they
like to listen to
In between volunteer visits, patients can use the Radio Halton freephone to request a mention or a song to help the time pass more easily
Rob chats to a patient
Patients can settle back into bed or an easy chair and relax to favourite music through ...
...the bedside headset - it's all technology from more than 40 years ago - no wires involved here, just a pipe into the console on the wall with a volume knob and a channel knob - so it is literally piped music!
We hope to be
able to add BBC Radio Merseyside to another channel soon, depending on
the radio signal reception to ensure good quality sound
are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in
Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help people relax whilst sitting
Do you know someone in hospital? You can find the station that serves their hospital and request a song or send them a message. Just click on the HBA logo below to go to the site of the organisation for hospital radio in the whole of the UK
Are you interested in joining hospital broadcasting? If so, you can find out what we need people to do on our Join page
Legendary folk musician Dave Swarbrick says, "Hospital radio is a fantastic service, with volunteers giving their time free to entertain patients with music. When I have been in hospital, which is quite considerable, I have been very glad of it. As a musician, you don't realise the therapeutic effect it can have until you are receiving it yourself. Without having music and great friends around me in hospital, I would have been climbing the walls. Keep up the good work"
Find out more here... Why do we provide music?
Russell Watson also told how music helped him through illness, when chatting to Ken Bruce in Dec 2010:
"Music helps Ė during the times Iíve been really ill, Iíve listened to a lot of music and I find music incredibly therapeutic. There were days particularly when I was having the radiotherapy treatment and when I felt really down, and itíd give me a little bit of a lift and a buzz inside"
News - Streaming
We're not currently streaming on the intranet, due to an issue with the data going through the Trust's computer in our office
We've enlisted the assistance of our fellow volunteer at Radio General, Keith Inman, who is putting together a box of tricks to resolve the issue - thanks Keith!
Doris and Martin, who have each lost a dear one to dementia, dropped into Derek's programme in February 2015 to explain how everyone supports each other at The Lunch Bunch. Doris founded the club and organises trips out and other events. Find out more here http://lunchbunchhalton.com
2016 is our 30th anniversary
the volunteers agreed at a meeting in November 2015 that we should do
something special to mark 30 years of hospital radio in Runcorn.
If you have any ideas of a special event we can arrange, please let us
know. You can find out how to get in touch on our Contact page
Awareness stall in Halton Hospital - Thursday 10 December 2015
volunteers held a giveaway stall featuring prizes in time for Christmas
It was in the corridor near the front entrance of Halton Hospital ... there were even some
people in red Santa hats....
gave away some great tombola prizes and our
popular Radio Halton diaries and pens. The tombola raised £18.50
and the collection box which Derry Griffiths had contained
£154.76. This has helped us pay for our broadcast licence, which
Hospital Family Fun Day - Sunday 5 July 2015
Radio Halton volunteers were pleased to give visitors a tour of our studio to see behind the scenes of where the music and information comes from - and have a try at presenting on air
Ellen LeBreton from Weston Point joined us to see where the music comes from
Also Kelly Gilbert and Kirsty Gilbert from Grangeway came over with their mum Lorraine Duckworth. Kelly sang "Ben" by Michael Jackson for us,
Kirsty read out a what's on item really well
and Lorraine chatted on air with volunteer presenter Derek Gates
We were also pleased to show the Trust's Chief Executive Mel PIckup round the studio and we are grateful for her genuine interest in what we're doing to help patients
It was all part of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Family Fun Day on Sunday 5 July 2015
People had the chance to look around the operating theatre and other facilities, meet the teams and get some handy health advice from stands in the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre, with entertainment from Glenda Hill Theatreworks too
We want to thank everyone for joining in, and a special thanks to those who gave to our collection box, to the tune of £11.91