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?             Rugby League          See the Top 20 listener requests

How does it help?  smiley relaxing               EVENTS             Recent Donations - see the About Us page

Hospital Family Open Day - Sunday 7 September 2014 - click here for details

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 have a 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

About 15 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

New additions include some tunes we've recently been asked for and didn't have, so we've put that right

  • The Commodores 'Just to be close to you'

  • Olivia Newton-John 'Magic'

  • Beethoven 'Minuet in G'

  • Dolly Parton 'Try'
          • Damon Albarn 'Mr Tembo'

It's slow work to get more of the older songs included - but we are getting there bit by bit

Thank you

Grateful thanks go to Vera W, who in Sept 2013, donated a Glenn MIller CD to help boost our collection of classic tunes from years gone by.  There are still gaps in our music collection which we're working to fill

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 hope to be able to add BBC Radio Merseyside to another channel soon

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"

Rugby League Commentaries

During the summer of the First Utility Super League, you can hear match commentaries on the Widnes Vikings games which are provided by our fellow volunteers at Warrington Hospital's Radio General.  These are relayed to us via the hospital trust's intranet at no cost

Vikings logo

 The next featured game is on

Friday 12 Sept, kick off 8 o’clock

at the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford


Salford Red Devils

Tune in to Radio Halton on channel 3 from 19:30 and join Derek Gates to listen to full commentary

This will also be advertised on the noticeboards in the main hospital corridor near each entrance


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


Hospital Family Open Day - Sunday 7 September 2014

Family Open DayWarrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is holding a Family Open Day from 11 till 3 on Sunday 7 September.  You'll get the chance to look around The Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre and Halton General Hospital in Runcorn.  Take a tour of the operating theatre and other facilities, meet the teams and get some handy health advice from stands, with entertainment thrown in too

StudioRadio Halton volunteers will be pleased to give you a tour of our studio so you can see behind the scenes of where the music and information comes from - and maybe have a try at presenting on air

Keep an eye on the hospitals' website at www.whh.nhs.uk for more news on what's happening on the day

Volunteers Week 1-7 June 2014 - Information stall in the markets

Derek Gates Vols wk stall

Our Derek Gates was at the market in Church Street, Runcorn town centre and chatting to people on Tues 3 June  between 12 and 1, along with the ladies from the Volunteer Centre 

Derek wtih Bill and Jean Dale from Books On Wheels

 He was joined for a while by Bill and Jean Dale from Books On Wheels

He was also in Widnes Market on Wed 4 June between 11 and 12

Long Service Certificate Presentation

Derry receiving cert from PamOur longest serving volunteer is Derry Griffiths, having started with Radio Halton in 1986.  We were pleased to be able to present him with a 25 years certificate at our meeting on 20 February 2014

Derry volunteers on three afternoons every week, and attends our regular meetings as well, which usually happen on his days off

There is nothing Derry doesn't know about country music, as you'll know if you've heard his country specials between 3 and 5 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons

Congratulations and well done Derry!

Visit from the President
On Saturday 15 February 2014, our volunteers were pleased to welcome the President... not of the USA, but of the HBA... HBA logo that's the Hospital Broadcasting Association, our 'umbrella' group which helps us and all other hospital radio stations in the UK

June Snowden with Pam Eastwood and Mary HillJune Snowden (pictured here in our studio with Pam Eastwood and Mary Hill) has visited us once before, in 2004 and we showed her the changes in the studio since her last visit

She gave us some valuable advice about how we can look to the future using new technologies, and offered useful contacts who can help us

Following a good chinwag at the hospital, we then decided our tummies were rumbling and adjourned to a local hostelry to continue chatting over a meal

June Rob and John in studio

June is celebrating 40 years in hospital radio, and she is trying to visit as many hospital stations as possible in her anniversary year.  She'd already been to Clatterbridge on the Wirral earlier in the day, and was visiting Broadgreen the day after, before returning home briefly, then off again around the country!

Another pic here shows June with Rob Carter and John Kenwright

Radio Halton Awareness Stall  Awareness stall Dec 2013 - Derek and DErry

Our volunteers held an awareness stall on Tuesday 10 December 2013 

We were at the entrance nearest the busway (Entrance 1) from around lunchtime, at the Friends of Halton's Information Desk.  Kind people passing dropped coins into the collection box Derry Griffiths was holding, and the amount totalled £30.55.  Thank you!

Staff Health and Wellbeing Event

Radio Halton took part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Tuesday 8 October 2013.  Staff who visited the various stalls around the event dropped their change into our collection box to the tune of £5.61Thank you

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

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 'In Classical Mood' programme on Tuesday between 12 and 1 and correctly answered the competition question, "Who wrote The Four Seasons?" 


Interruption to serviceDoh!

From 21 March 2014, we were off air for a few days 

…while we removed the old failing mixer.  We're sorry that we were quiet for a couple of weeks

We saved funds by using the frame of the old mixer, the supplier fitting new parts inside it ...

When the new mixer was installed, it was so nice to be back... until ...

        StudioMessBucket      StudioMess3   StudioMess 

... disaster struck with a water leak through the ceiling damaged the mixer over the weekend of 26/27 April 2014.  The mixer and its power supply unit was sent back to the supplier to be repaired.  We finally got the service back on air on 12 June 2014 - thanks to the volunteers who did all the technical stuff!

New Programme

Vintage Yrs logoFrom March 2014 we have a new programme called The Vintage Years on a Friday lunchtime, featuring singers and bands from the 1920s up to the 1950s

It's presented by Jim Simpson, who sends us the programme via his website.   Find out more here thevintageyears.co.uk  and tune in between 1 and 2 o'clock to hear those vintage oldies

New Volunteers


We currently have two new people wishing to join us who are going through the recruitment process


Tom Kirby left us in June 2014 after 2 years voluntary service

We wish him well for the future and thank him for the positive impact he had on patients and staff in finding out what music people want to hear

National Hospital Request Chart

Mark Snowdon of Radio General in Warrington put together a national chart from hospitals all over the UK
See 2013's Top 40 as well as past years' charts at

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 - click on the link, then click your back button on your browser to return here

Updated by:            The Webmistress purple spider 31 August 2014

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


Registered Charity No 1068428