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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 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
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. We've recently added some tunes we're were asked for, but didn't have, so
we've put that right:
It's slow work to get more of the older songs included - but we are getting there bit by bit
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
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
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"
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
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
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held a Family Open Day from 11 till 3 on Sunday 7 September. 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
As 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...
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
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
Brindley concert ticketsKathryn 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!
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 QuintetA 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?"
NewsFrom 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 ...
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!