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 (thanks to Keith Inman from Radio General, our sister station in Warrington, for fixing the news for us in November 2014!) 

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 12 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:

  • 10cc 'Donna'

  • Sarah McLachlan 'Angel'

  • Arrival 'Friends'

  • Vanessa Williams 'Colours of the wind'
          • The Beautiful South 'One last love song'

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 – during the times I’ve been really ill, I’ve 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 it’d give me a little bit of a lift and a buzz inside"

News - Competitions

Dancing coupleA 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 a lady whose name we'll publish after the event

Pam Eastwood had a lucky winner from the League of Friends volunteers with the correct answer , who'll be going to see and hear
The Northern Chamber Orchestra at 3 o'clock on Sunday, courtesy of Kathryn from the NCO.  We'll publish the winner's name after the event.  More about the concert on The Brindley website and also on the NCO website

NCO with Nicholas WardThe Northern Chamber Orchestra opened their new season at The Parr Hall, Warrington on Thursday 30NicholasDanielOboist October 2014They were joined by top oboist Nicholas Daniel for Vaughan Williams' Oboe concerto, and Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe, amongst other pieces.  The theme of the concert was 'Baroque and Beyond'... and you can find out more about the orchestra at www.ncorch.co.uk 

A pair of tickets was up for grabs in a competition on our 'In Classical Mood' programme on Tuesday 21 October.  The lucky winner was Kath from Outpatients Clinic A, who went to the concert with her partner.  Kath correctly answered our question "Name a woodwind instrument beginning with the letter O?" by saying "Oboe - double reed!"

Thanks go to Kathryn Wolstencroft, Marketing and PR Manager from the NCO, for donating the tickets as a prize


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

5 lucky competition winners went along for nothing, courtesy of Radio Halton, because Peter Gilberts from the Choir, gave us prizes of 5 pairs of tickets. 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

Brindley concert tickets

Kathryn from the Northern Chamber Orchestra  kindly donated 2 tickets for their concert on Sunday 9 March 2014 at The Brindley in Runcorn.  The critically-acclaimed NCO, one of the country’s finest chamber orchestras, played a delightful programme - perfect for a spring afternoon! 

Nicholas Ward violin

Vivaldi’s perennial good-mood-enhancer, The Four Seasons, played superbly by NCO’s Leader, Nicholas Ward, (pictured here) is bursting with melodic, virtuosic moments

The concert also provided an opportunity to hear the beautiful, lyrical playing of Elizabeth Jordan, NCO’s principal clarinet, in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto – arranged from the Clarinet Quintet

A lucky listener, Carol, won 2 tickets on Pam Eastwood's Tuesday lunchtime 'In Classical Mood' programme when she  correctly answered the competition question, "Who wrote The Four Seasons?" 

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 first match of the season is on

Thursday 5 February 2015

at The Select Security Stadium

against Wigan Warriors, KO 20:00

Join our presenter who'll be on air from 19:30 on Radio Halton on Channel 3



Angela Green, the FT and Communications Manager from Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust came to chat to us about that the Trust does and how we can help

She was talking to Pam Eastwood during February and March 2014, about the work Bridgewater does in Halton in child health and other specialist services.  She was looking for people living in Halton to become members of that Trust - as young as 14 year olds can join, to have their say about their services too

We're looking forward to chatting with Rev Philip Turner, who is the chaplain at the hospital, in the coming weeks  Find out more about what chaplains in hospitals offer at http://liverpool.anglican.org/Chaplains-to-Hospitals


Awareness stall in Halton Hospital

Derry at awareness stallWe're holding an awareness stall on Thursday 26 March 2015, as part of Hospital Broadcasting Week

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

At our latest awareness stall in Halton Hospital on 18 December 2014, our longest serving volunteer, Derry Griffiths, also welcomed donations from people who wanted to help by giving much needed coins, and £43.13 was collected - thank you so much!

Hospital Family Open Day - Sunday 7 September 2014

Family Open DayWarrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held a Family Open Day from 11 till 3 on Sunday 7 September.   It was at the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre and Halton General Hospital in Runcorn.  People had the chance to look around the operating theatre and other facilities, meet the teams and get some handy health advice from stands, with entertainment from live bands thrown in too

Open Day Little unAs part of the day, 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

This little one, Reese (with her Dad Mike) tried on the headphones but was too shy to speak, bless her...

Lisa getting ready

The Beardsworth family also took our studio tour and Mum Lisa tried her hand at reading out one of the 'What's On' items.   She was a bit nervous to start with .. but.. presenter Derek Gates put her at her ease ...

Lisa Beardsworth at the mic.. and she was faultlessly professional and really enjoyed being live on air.  We said we'd love her to join our team because she was so jolly and full of fun, but she's such a busy lady, work and family take up all her time

Vintage Programme

Vintage Yrs logoFrom March 2014 we have a programme called The Vintage Years on a Friday lunchtime

It features singers and bands from the 1920s up to the 1950s and is presented by Jim Simpson, who sends us the programme via his website

Find out more here thevintageyears.co.uk  and tune in to channel 3 between 1 and 2 o'clock on Fridays to hear those vintage oldies

New Volunteers


We currently have four new people wishing to join us who are going through the recruitment process.  This takes a few weeks, because of the  references, DBS check and medical check required by the hospital trust - so if you have applied, please don't think we've forgotten about you - we haven't!

National Hospital Request Chart

Mark Snowdon of Radio General in Warrington is putting together a national chart of requested songs in 2014 at hospitals all over the UK.  It's available at http://www.requestcharts.org.uk as well as past years' charts now

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  22 January 2015

The Webmistress is using KompoZer to update the site and IrfanView for image editing - and Leech to upload the pages


Registered Charity No 1068428