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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Outpatients Clinic B Speaker

PotentiometerWhilst the music is playing for Outpatients Clinics A and C, as well as ECG and the Tea Bar at Entrance 1, we're really sorry that there is no music available in Clinic B at the moment

This is because the potentiometer (volume control switch to you and me) is faulty and a part is on order but hasn't arrived yet. Matt in the Maintenance Department of the hospital is on the case, chasing it up for us

Rugby League

The season is under way again and we'll be bringing you commentary of Widnes Vikings home games in partnership with our fellow volunteers at Radio General in Warrington Hospital.  This is thanks to the IT team at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who have enabled us to relay Radio General's commentary via the Trust's intranet

BETFRED SuperLeagueThe next game in the BetFred Super League we'll be covering is on

Sunday 12 March

at the Select Security Stadium

Widnes Vikings against Castleford Tigers

Kick off is 3 o'clock (15:00) and our broadcast begins at 14:30 on Radio Halton on channel 3

- An easy way of giving to Radio Halton

Coop web banner

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 up to 8 April 2017

If you're not a member, please join and support us!   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 permanent card

The 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

- Streaming

Streaming on the intranet is thankfully (with the help of fellow volunteer Keith from Radio General) back up and running.  We are looking into the possibility of having the stream sent across the car park to patients in the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre onto their bedside system

If you work in the hospital, you can listen on your computer while you work, using Windows Media Player.  Just click File, click Open URL..  and type in the url address below... you'll only need to do this once, as it will stay in the drop down list


plug in your earphones or a set of computer speakers and we're with you all day


Music quiz stall 2016Radio Halton volunteers had another awareness stall - but this time with a difference  quiz artistes

We tested your knowledge with a music quiz compiled by our volunteer Graham Tarry

On Thursday 15 December 2016 we were in our usual spot in the main corridor, not far from Entrance 1 (the busway end) in the morning

For just 20p a guess or up to 3 guesses for 50p, you did very well with difficult specialist questions on musical artistes you could choose from our list on the right

And you helped us raise £95.93 to help keep our hospital radio service growing

Pictured above are volunteers Linda Redhead, Graham Tarry, Pam Eastwood, Derek Gates and Derry Griffiths.  John Timms and Eileen Kelly were also there, but had to go for a fire safety training session at the time of the photo!

Many thanks to local businesses for donating prizes:  The Co-op, Morrisons, Runcorn Linnets FC, Silver Blades, as well as other donations

Thank you!

Health and Wellbeing stallRadio Halton had  a stall at the Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust's Health and Wellbeing Day on Friday 2 December 2016

We enjoyed chatting to people between 10 and 2 in the George Lloyd Restaurant in Halton Hospital, whilst we played some tasteful Christmas music from Cliff Richard, Michael Ball and various other artistes

Pictured left are Derek Gates, Pam Eastwood, Mary Hill, Eileen Kelly and John Timms

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

Currently, 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.  This week we've been adding songs from 2016, plus songs patients have asked for that weren't on our system:

  • The Kinks 'Autumn almanac'

  • Wax 'Bridge to you heart'

  • Deacon Blue 'Gone'

  • Babes in Arms 'My funny valentine'
          • Anthony J Quinn 'Last summer' (local songwriter from Widnes)

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. We find out what music they 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

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, the late  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 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"

CompetitionsNCO bassoon

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 Chamber Orchestra

The 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

Thanks to Kathryn at the NCO for providing the tickets.  Find out more about the orchestra and its players at www.ncorch.co.uk


Sandra CurrieOn Thursday 26 January 2017, Derek Gates chatted to a lady whose job is going into care homes to sing to patients in dementia units, nursing homes and residential units

He talked to Sandra Currie who is a professional singer, and he played songs from the CD she's recorded

She takes a supply of tambourines and maracas with her to care homes, for residents to join in with the music

To find out more, go to her website www.sandracurrie.com or find her facebook page:  search for Sandra Currie Care Home Entertainer

  • Mick Foster and Tony Allen were kind enough to do an interview for Radio Halton Foster and Allen and The Astburysduring their show at the Brindley Theatre on 22 November 2016.  They were interviewed by David and Julie Astbury who do a show for the Radio on a Monday evening from 7 till 9pm. Foster and Allen have had a career which has spanned over 40 years and are the only group in the world to have had over 30 albums in the charts. They were just two lovely guys to interview and we wish them all future success in their continued career

The interview was broadcast on their Monday evening programme between 7 and 9pm on Monday 12 December 2016 and you can hear the jingle they kindly did for Julie and Dave to use on air here

  • Clare TealClare Teal came to Runcorn to appear at The Brindley on Friday 22 April 2016 and Graham Tarry caught up with her for a chat ahead of the gig.  Clare, along with her trio, showcased the music of Doris Day

  • Derek Gates spent some time chatting with Rev Philip TurnerPhil Turner Chaplain who is the Chaplain at the hospital.  Listen out now for "Thought for the Day" short talks from Rev Phil and other volunteers.   Find out more about what chaplains in hospitals offer at http://liverpool.anglican.org/Chaplains-to-Hospitals

New Volunteers

John Timms
John Timms
, who successfully completed the 100 mile 5 canal walk in May 2016 joined us and is doing well in his training on a Thursday morning with fellow walker Derek Gates

Runcorn resident Eileen Kelly is also doing well in her training with Derek Gates on a Friday morning...
...look out for her as she visits the wards


Learner New volunteer Mark Thomas started training on a Tuesday evening from 7 till 9 with Pam Eastwood.  He'll be visiting the wards and learning how to present a programme on air

Another new volunteer, Paula McCabe, has just started training sessions in February 2017 on a Thursday evening between 6 and 8pm


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 February 2017

The Webmistress is currently using KompoZer to update the site, IrfanView for image editing and WinSCP to upload the pages


Registered Charity No 1068428