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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
hard-wired system to the bedside and the speakers. We are now
able to broadcast within the hospital on the Trust intranet, so staff
in departments where there are no speakers would be able to access the
service on their workstation computers
We're making more songs available on the playlist so that the same
songs don't come round too often
New additions include
It's slow work to get more of the older songs included - but we are improving - see the About Us page
"Greatest Hits of..." with Phil O from Radio Stitch in the North East on Fridays 1-2
"In Classical Mood" with Pam Eastwood on Tuesday afternoons 12-1
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
Volunteer 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
are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in
Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help 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
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 – 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"
Commentary on Widnes Vikings rugby league games, in collaboration of our volunteers at Radio General at Warrington Hospital
The next match we're covering is on Sunday 26 May 2013
KO 15:00 at The Stobart Stadium
against Salford City Reds
Tune in to Radio Halton on channel 3 from 14:30
On her Tuesday morning programme in August and September 2012, Margaret Longworth reviewed the book 'Prisoners, property and prostitutes' written by a serving police officer, Tom Ratcliffe and published by Matador. She set a competition question: "How long has Queen Elizabeth II celebrated on the throne this year?" Two people answered correctly and they each won a copy of the book
Of course, the
answer is "60 years" and the winners are Linda Bogg from Warrington,
who was a patient on Ward B4 and Steve, a joiner from Estates Department
Pam Eastwood chatted to two local authors, John and Jean Bradburn, about their book "Widnes through time", while they were doing a book signing at the Curiosity Bookshop in High Street, Runcorn old town, on Tuesday 18 December 2012
On 12 February 2013, Pam reviewed the book and aired the interview. In the competition to win a signed copy, the winner was Gill Davies in the Day Case Unit, who happily, is a Widnesian! Runner up Carol Jones in the Day Case Unit won second prize of a unique Radio Halton calendar
correctly answered the question "Which was the first bridge to be built
across the Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn?"
The answer of
course is the railway bridge, which was begun in 1864
On 7 February 2013, John Kenwright interviewed Dr Christopher Hale about his efforts to raise funds for a cardiology diagnostic machine, capable of pinpointing the cause of breathlessness to being of cardiac origin rather than respiratory origin. Find out more at www.haveaheartgroup.com
It was announced in April 2013 that they have succeeded in raising the
£22,000 needed and they are continuing to raise funds for
defibrillators for sports clubs and schools
Brindley concert tickets
The Brindley kindly donated two tickets for a competition to go to the concert on 16 April 2013 featuring soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra
These were worth £30 and were won by Olga Griffin, who is a volunteer in the Shop at Entrance 1 of Halton Hospital
The question was "Who wrote the Dance of the sugar plum fairy from the Nutcracker suite?" Olga correctly answered "Tchaikovsky"
Hospital Broadcasting Week
radio stations (and possibly a hospital TV station too) all over the UK celebrated Hospital Broadcasting Week from Saturday 23 March until Monday 1 April 2013.
Volunteers organised special events to raise awareness of this
invaluable service for patients. This included Richard Smith of
The A to Z of Pop programme doing a Big Broadcast over the Easter
weekend, from midday on Sunday 31 March to midday on Mon 1 April
Our awareness stall was at the front entrance of Halton Hospital (Entrance 1) on Thursday 28 March 2013
Thank you to those who popped coins into our collection box - you helped us raise £49.23
Pictured here are our volunteers Derry Pam and Margaret in front of our stall during Hospital Broadcasting Week 2010
Tesco Bag Pack
Kelly Lunt and fellow staff from H&T Pawnbrokers in Halton Lea Shopping Centre organised another bag pack at Tesco Halton Lea to help raise funds for Radio Halton. It was on Saturday 20 October 2012 and raised £191 vital funds. A big thank you to all the shoppers who contributed
Barclays Gadbrook Park Sweet Sale
Hayley Connor, daughter of our volunteer Derek Gates, kindly organised a charity sweet sale at the head office of Barclays Bank in Gadbrook Park, Northwich. It took place on Thursday 23 August 2012, over lunchime, and the workers indulged themselves to the tune of £100
Barclays have generously match funded this figure pound for pound. There was also a collection box on the counter, which raised £9.85 as well
Hayley is pictured here on the left with Karen Whittingham of Barclays Business Lending Team on the right
Thank you to everyone at Barclays
Linda Redhead is with us on a Thursday
afternoon between 1 and 3
New starter in December 2012, Lorraine Rizzotti, is training on a Thursday evening with Pam Eastwood
And Jennifer Barry on a Monday evening with Rob Carter
Another newbie is ready to start training and we'll let you know as soon as that's arranged
But we’re really sorry to say goodbye to a valued member of our team, Margaret Longworth. For all of the 5 years with us, she’s been so energetic in all we’ve done
Put your feet up Marg, we’ll miss you, but you’ve earned a rest - enjoy your retirement!
National Hospital Request Chart
Mark Snowdon of Radio General in Warrington put together a national chart from hospitals all over the UK. See 2012's Top 40 as well as past years' charts at http://www.requestcharts.org.uk
Change the world - or Runcorn at least!
Our appeal for more volunteers is called "change the world" - we've put it on this page for you to hear - just click on the link above, then click your back button on your browser to return here
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