Registered Charity No 1068428

  Hospital Radio run by volunteers for the patients, staff and visitors of Halton General Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire - Registered Charity No 1068428

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What is hospital radio?       What songs are played?             See the Top 20 listener requests

How does it help?  smiley relaxing               EVENTS             Recent Donations - see the About Us page

Radio Halton do not ask for money in the street or door to door:

If you live in the Windmill Hill area and see people going door to door with a blue collection box saying it's for hospital radio... DO NOT GIVE... it won't reach the Radio Halton charity... The box was stolen from the Supper Bar on Saturday night 18 July!

Luckily we'd only put an empty one there a week beforehand so there wasn't much money in it.  If you have any information, please let the police or the Supper Bar staff know.  There's now another box chained to the counter

When do Radio Halton broadcast?

HeadphonesYou 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

About 10 people volunteer their time to provide the service to patients, visitors and staff

We're making 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 have, so we've put that right:

  • Sheer Elegance 'Life is too short girl'

  • The Casinos 'Then you can tell me goodbye'

  • Alvin Stardust 'Pretend'

  • Billy Fury 'Like I've never been gone'
          • Rod Stewart 'Love is'

What is hospital radio? 

freephone on the wardVolunteer Rob chats to patientOur 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 ...

headset...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! 

  • Select channel 3 for Radio Halton

  • Select channel 2 for BBC Radio 2 (we've recently improved the sound quality on this channel)

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

There are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help people 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

HBA logoAre you interested in joining hospital broadcasting?  If so, you can find out what we need people to do on our Join page


The benefits of music in hospitalSwarb at the Brindley 09

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 WatsonRussell 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 back online streaming on the intranet now, so if you're working in the Trust you can listen to Radio Halton on your PC while you work - here's how. 

wmpWindows Media Player, go to the File menu and click Open URL...  If there isn't a menu bar on your screen, just right click at the top and it will come up.   Then type in (or copy and paste, which is easier!)
You only need to do this once, Media Player will remember it next time.  The speaker is small, so the sound quality isn't brilliant, but the IT team say it's fine to plug in your own mini-jack speakers.  Then we'll keep you company with music and information during your working day

News - Competitions

NCO with Nicholas WardThe Northern Chamber Orchestra were joined in concert at The Brindley on Sunday 8 March 2015 by Halton Village's own Martin RoscoeMartin RoscoeMartin is a renowned concert pianist

The programme was one of mixed emotions, with music from 4 very different composers:  Haydn, Janacek, Mozart and Saint-

A pair of tickets was given away as a prize on Radio Halton and the winner's name is Elysia Parr from Halton Brow

A pair of tickets to the Classic Viennese Whirls and Waltzes concert at The Brindley was on offer as a competition prize.   
The competition question "who wrote the Blue Danube waltz?" was asked during the In Classical Mood programme on Tues lunchtime in early January.  It was correctly answered "Johann Strauss" by Sheila McCarten, who volunteers for the League of Friends on the Tea Bar at Entrance 1 of the hospital.  Sheila took her fellow volunteer Dilys along to see and hear The Northern Chamber Orchestra on Sunday 25 January 2015, courtesy of Kathryn from the NCO

Listen out for more popular Viennese music
by Strauss and others being added to our collection


Highfield Male Voice Choir had their Autumn concert on Friday 17 October 2014 at The Brindley in Runcorn.  Together with the Southport String Ensemble, they presented a varied programme of pieces. 

Highfield MVC at The Brindley

Peter Gilberts from the Choir gave us prizes of 5 pairs of tickets as prizes. Presenter Pam Eastwood asked a competition question on our classical music programme, "In Classical Mood" on Tuesday 14 October -"Which of these orchestral instruments belongs to the string section?  is it A. The oboe, B. the cello or C. the tuba?" The winners who correctly answered "B. the cello" were Carol, Janet, Julie, Lynn and Elaine



  • Tommy TwiggSinger Tommy Twigg came to chat with Derek Gates the other week, ahead of his show in Castlefields on 22 August.  Tommy brought with him a recording of a song called "I fell in love kinda easy", which we played

  • Derek Gates was talking to members of The Lunch Bunch, who are affected by dementia in their families and meet together inDerek with Doris and Martin of The Lunch Bunch Murdishaw Community Centre every Tuesday 

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


Hospital Family Fun Day - Sunday 5 July 2015

EllenRadio 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. KellyKelly sang "Ben" by Michael Jackson for us,

KirstyKirsty read out a what's on item really well

Lorraineand Lorraine chatted on air with volunteer presenter Derek Gates

Mel PickupWe 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

Volunteers Week 1-7 June

VolsWkLogoRadio Halton volunteer Graham Tarry planned to be at a volunteers stall in Runcorn Market during lunchtime on Tuesday 2 June 2015, to celebrate Volunteers Week,  joining Linda Goodier and Alison Gleave, from Halton and St Helens Centre for Voluntary and Community Action, to let shoppers know about how to get involved with only 2 hours a week of spare time

Trouble was, the weather was so windy, the market stall event had to be called off!

Awareness stall in Halton Hospital

Awareness Stall Derry with trolley

Awareness Stall DerryWe held an awareness stall on Thursday 26 March 2015, as part of Hospital Broadcasting Week

Our volunteers were in the corridor near to Entrance 1 (the busway end) between 10 and 2, to tell patients and visitors about the service we provide

Our longest serving volunteer, Derry Griffiths, also welcomed donations of £76.53 from people who wanted to help by giving much needed coins - thank you so much! 

Staff Health and Wellbeing Event

Radio Halton  again took part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Thursday 26 February 2015 from 11 till 1.30 for staff from the Halton site

Last time, we 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

New Volunteers


Volunteer Janice Blackhall started her training at the end of July 2015, but sadly had to leave in August for health reasons
Shirley Reilly joined us in March 2015 and is currently training with Derek Gates on a Friday morning

We have two new people whose training is being planned to start in September and another
going through the recruitment process at the moment.  The recruitment process takes a few weeks, because the hospital trust requires everyone to have references, a DBS check and a medical check.  If you've recently applied, please don't think we've forgotten about you - we haven't!

Change the world - or at least Halton!

Our appeal for more volunteers is called "change the world" - we've put it on this page for you to hear - click on the link, then click your back button on your browser to return here

Updated by:            The Webmistress purple spider  23 August 2015

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Registered Charity No 1068428