Registered Charity No 1068428
We have been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund. It means that we will get a contribution towards expanding the service to other areas of the hospital. But we need your help. The more support we get, the more funding we could receive
If you're not a member, please join and support us! If you already have a white and yellow card, you'll just need to get a leaflet containing a temporary blue and white card (as in the above picture) from your local Co-op store. Once registered, you'll be sent a permanant card
The new card allows you to earn 5% for you and 1% for your community. To be able to spend your 5% or choose which cause receives 1%, you must register the card online at coop.co.uk/register or call 0800 023 4708
Halton volunteers are planning another tombola stall in December
2016. Keep a lookout here for the date, once it's organised
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. This week we've been adding
songs from 2016, plus songs patients have asked for that weren't on our
Our volunteers visit patients on the
wards and chat with them to help them relax. We find out what music
like, then play it for them when we get back to the studio
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 said, "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"
Radio Halton gave away a pair of tickets for the Friday 8 April 2016 concert
at St Elphin's Church in Warrington by soloists from the Northern
programme featured Schubert's Octet, Mozart's Horn Concerto and 20th
century composer Jean Francaix's Divertissement, which spotlights the bassoon, played by Llinos Owen -
here she is in action on the right >
The winner on Pam Eastwood's programme "In Classical Mood" on Tues 5 April was Julie Shaw from Warrington
Kathryn at the NCO for providing the tickets. Find out more about
the orchestra and its players at www.ncorch.co.uk