Registered Charity No 1068428
Christmas music coming soon - we don't want to start too early
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
hard-wired system to the bedside and the speakers. We are now
able to broadcast within the hospital on the Trust intranet, so staff
in departments where there are no speakers would be able to access the
service on their workstation computers
We're making more songs available on the playlist so that the same
songs don't come round too often
New additions include
It's slow work to get more of the older songs included - but we are getting there bit by bit
Grateful thanks go to Vera W, who recently (early Sept 2013) donated a Glenn MIller CD
to help boost our collection of classic tunes from years gone by.
There are still gaps in our music collection which we're working to fill
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
Volunteer 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
are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in
Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help relax whilst sitting there
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"
Local hypnotherapist Bob Wheat chatted to Graham Tarry on Friday 24 May 2013 about hypnotherapy and how it can help people
On 12 February 2013, Pam reviewed the book and aired the interview. In the competition to win a signed copy, the winner was Gill Davies in the Day Case Unit, who happily, is a Widnesian! Runner up Carol Jones in the Day Case Unit won second prize of a unique Radio Halton calendar
correctly answered the question "Which was the first bridge to be built
across the Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn?"
The answer of
course is the railway bridge, which was begun in 1864
On 7 February 2013, John Kenwright interviewed Dr Christopher Hale about his efforts to raise funds for a cardiology diagnostic machine, capable of pinpointing the cause of breathlessness to being of cardiac origin rather than respiratory origin. Find out more at www.haveaheartgroup.com
Radio Halton Awareness Stall
Our volunteers are having an awareness stall on Tuesday 11 December 2013. You'll find us at the entrance nearest the busway (Entrance 1) from around lunchtime onwards, at the Friends of Halton's Information Desk
We'll have newsletters telling you what we're doing and listing the programmes you can listen to whilst in the hospital.
be able to chat with our volunteers who will answer anything you're
wondering about hospital radio and if you're visiting someone in one of
the wards, you can ask for a song to be played for them, with a message
Staff Health and Wellbeing Event
Radio Halton took part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Tuesday 8 October 2013. Staff who visited the various stalls around the event dropped their change into our collection box to the tune of £5.61. Thank you
really enjoyed finding out things about healthier eating, having our
blood pressure checked and having a go on the cycling machine to see
how far we could pedal in a minute. And we equally enjoyed
explaining how we help patients by providing our ward visiting with
music and information
Brindley concert tickets
The Brindley kindly donated two tickets for a competition to go to the concert on 16 April 2013 featuring soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra
These were worth £30 and were won by Olga Griffin, who is a volunteer in the Shop at Entrance 1 of Halton Hospital
The question was "Who wrote the 'Dance of the sugar plum fairy' from the Nutcracker suite?" Olga correctly answered "Tchaikovsky"
Northern Chamber Orchestra concert tickets
Kathryn from the NCO has kindly donated 2 tickets for the Warrington Parr Hall concert at 7.30pm on Thursday 31 October 2013, featuring world famous Manchester-born pianist Peter Donohoe
The programme includes Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 1, also works by Tchaikovsky, Bruckner and Mozart
Pam Eastwood's 'In Classical Mood' programme (Tuesday lunchtimes between 12 and 1)
held a competition for two tickets to go to this concert. The
winner was Karen Williams from Physiotherapy, who was so pleased
The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire. The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians, who regularly appear as soloists and principal players
Hospital Broadcasting Week
radio stations (and possibly a hospital TV station too) all over the UK celebrated Hospital Broadcasting Week from Saturday 23 March until Monday 1 April 2013.
Volunteers organised special events to raise awareness of this
invaluable service for patients. This included Richard Smith of
The A to Z of Pop programme doing a Big Broadcast over the Easter
weekend, from midday on Sunday 31 March to midday on Mon 1 April
Our awareness stall was at the front entrance of Halton Hospital (Entrance 1) on Thursday 28 March 2013
Thank you to those who popped coins into our collection box - you helped us raise £49.23
Pictured here are our volunteers Derry, Roger, Margaret and John in front of our stall during Hospital Broadcasting Week 2010
Audrey Hicks is enjoying her ward visit training with Derek Gates on a Thursday morning
Mark Farrell is about to start training with John Kenwright in January
we were sad to say goodbye to Lizzi Norton whose circumstances have
changed and is no longer able to come in on a Tuesday evening
National Hospital Request Chart
Mark Snowdon of Radio General in Warrington put together a national chart from hospitals all over the UK. See 2012's Top 40 as well as past years' charts at http://www.requestcharts.org.uk
Change the world - or Runcorn at least!
Our appeal for more volunteers is called "change the world" - we've put it on this page for you to hear - just click on the link above, then click your back button on your browser to return here
Registered Charity No 1068428