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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. These are the kind of tunes we're were asked for, but didn't
we've put that right:
Radio Halton does not ask for money in the street or door to door:
If you live in the Runcorn 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 2015
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
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
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 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"
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.
Open Windows 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!)
http://HSD-180A:8080You 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
The Northern Chamber Orchestra were joined in concert at The Brindley on Sunday 8 March 2015 by Halton Village's own Martin Roscoe. Martin is a renowned concert pianist
The programme was one of mixed emotions, with music from 4 very different composers: Haydn, Janacek, Mozart and Saint-SaŽns
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
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
Radio 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. Kelly sang "Ben" by Michael Jackson for us,
Kirsty read out a what's on item really well
and Lorraine chatted on air with volunteer presenter Derek Gates
We 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