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

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:

  • Matt Monro 'The impossible dream'

  • Ricky Nelson 'Someday'

  • Elvis Presley 'Kentucky rain'

  • Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 'I'll be there'
          • Joe Loss and his Orchestra 'Wheels cha cha'

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 - Studio

26 pin DINWe're sorry that some of our usual programmes haven't been on air at the recently, due to a cabling issue which meant the computer that runs most of our output wasn't talking to the mixing desk

But the good news is that we are back to normal, (or as normal as we ever get!) and Myriad is up and running again and speaking to the mixing desk This is all thanks to Derek, who went to Chester to find the new cable we needed, and he fitted it today Thursday 25 June

Three cheers for Derek.... whoop whoop whoop!

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

Rugby League Commentaries

Vikings logo

During the First Utility Super League season, you can hear match commentaries on the Widnes Vikings games

These are provided by our fellow volunteers at Warrington Hospital's Radio General, then relayed to Radio Halton via the hospital trust's intranet, at no cost

The next match we're covering is on

Sunday 12 July 2015

at The Select Security Stadium, Widnes

against Catalan Dragons KO 15:00

Join us - coverage will be on air from 14:30 on Radio Halton on Channel 3



  • 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 -  today Sunday 5 July between 11 and 3

Radio Halton volunteers are 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

Family Fun DayIt's all part of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Family Fun Day from 11 till 3 on Sunday 5 July 2015

People have 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 live bands thrown in too

Find out more at the hospitals' website  - Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

and see what happened when we threw open our doors in September 2014 on our Past Events page

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 from people who wanted to help by giving much needed coins - thank you so much!  We'll let you know the amount as soon as we've counted and banked it!

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


New volunteer Shirley Reilly joined us in March and is currently on her training with Derek Gates on a Friday morning

We have three new people wishing to join us who are going through the recruitment process at the moment

This takes a few weeks, because of references, DBS check and medical check all required by the hospital trust - so if you have 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  5 July 2015

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Registered Charity No 1068428