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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Radio Halton provides a music and information service to the patients, staff and visitors of Halton General Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire (UK), within Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust . 

The service began broadcasting in 1986 and is a registered charity (No 1068428)   

What we do

Radio Halton typically broadcasts live programmes 12 hours a day, between 10am and 10pm, supplying a wide range of music to cater for most tastes.  Patients can access music on bedside headsets during the night if they need to relax when sleep is difficult

As well broadcasting to the wards on channel 3, we can also be heard via speakers in three Out-patient clinics (A, B and C), ECG Waiting Area plus the Tea Bar area at the front of the hospital (Entrance 1)

If we raise enough funds, we hope to extend the service to other areas of the hospital in the future, including the Day Case Unit, the Delamere Centre and more.  This could be done by using the intranet to stream our output to hospital computers in departments or we are also investigating the possibility of mobile phone technology

There are no paid staff:  we have a dedicated and patient-focused team of volunteers who visit the wards of Halton General Hospital.  The frequency of ward visits varies, depending on other demands in the lives of the volunteers who give up their spare time to help.  

We are run by an Executive Committee of Trustees which meets 6 times per year.  We currently have four Trustees:   Derry Griffiths, Derek Gates, Graham Tarry and Pam Eastwood.  We also hold General meetings 6 times a year for all volunteers to take a part in decision making

The photo below is Halton General Hospital's Entrance 2 - to find Radio Halton, go in via Entrance 2 and turn right immediately -

Entrance 2we're on the right of this entrance on the lower level:  directional signs will help you find us

If you arrive by car, you'll need coins or a chip and pin card for the pay and display car park machine, located in the hospital entrance

You can also pay by phone using your card

The current charges in March 2017 are

up to 30 minutes are still free
up to 2 hours 2.50, up to 4 hours 3.50, up to 6 hours 5.00, up to 24 hours 6.00

and displayed in the image below

Car park charges



Why do we provide music?

It's  widely accepted that music can be invaluable in managing pain relief and promoting health by speeding recovery and boosting immunity.  See details, together with medical references here http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml

David playing for SaulThe idea actually goes back 3,000 years, to when King Saul was ill and asked David to play the harp to make him feel better -

- check it out in 1 Samuel chapter 16 verse 23: 

" From then on, whenever the evil spirit sent by God came on Saul, David would get his harp and play it. The evil spirit would leave, and Saul would feel better and be all right again"

MusicHelpsSurgery BBC News reported in August 2015 that "Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain."  An analysis of data found evidence that people who listened to music had reduced anxiety and were less likely to request pain relief

There are no known negative effects of listening to music, and you would be expected to be free to listen to personal music before a surgical procedure (for example while waiting to be taken to the operating theatre) or when recovering on the ward after. And if you find music helps you relax in these situations, it must be a good thing 

More information about this research can be found on the NHS website here


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Blue box

 Locations for our collection boxes:

Bargain Booze, Church Street, Runcorn

Beechwood Stores, Beechwood, Runcorn

The Co-op, Granville Street, Runcorn

The George Lloyd Restaurant, Halton Hospital, Runcorn

Panny's Fish and Chips, Walton Road, Stockton Heath

Plumb Point, Picow Farm Road, Runcorn

St Paul's Pharmacy, High Street, Runcorn

Shaw's Butcher, Church Road, Runcorn

Weston Village Store, Weston Village, Runcorn

Windmill Hill Supper Bar, Windmill Hill Centre, Runcorn

If you'd like to help us by putting a collection box for Radio Halton in your community venue, please let us know by ringing 01928 753417 or email email 

Make sure your donation does reach Radio Halton

Radio Halton volunteers do not carry out street collections or door to door collections.  We would need to buy a licence to do this and we are not licensed to do so. 

If you suspect someone of fraudulently collecting money in the name of Radio Halton, please inform the local police on 101 or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Report it online

Grateful thanks to:

The Co-op Local Community Fund selected Radio Halton as one of their charities until 8 April 2017.  We're waiting to find out how much you helped us to raise the current total above 3952.52 at the last count

Windmill Hill Supper Bar customers donated 70.56 into the box on the counter during February and March 2017 and also 52.22 in the 3 months up to February 2017 - Thank you

Patients on the ICU ward, who chatted to Mary Hill on her last ward visit for us in January 2017, donated some money to help the radio service.  Thank you

The proceeds of our muic quiz stall in Halton Hospital on Thurs 15 December raised 95.93 to hep us improve the  radio service for patients.  Thank you to everyone who took part, and everyone who donated the prizes too!   They include Silver Blades in Widnes, Runcorn Linnets FC, The Co-op in Granville Street Runcorn, Morrisons in Frodsham and  Shaws Butchers in Runcorn

Customers of the George Lloyd Restaurant in Halton Hospital kindly donated 15.44 over the past couple of months. Thank you

Windmill Hill Supper Bar customers filled their collection box to overflowing again by November 2016, after just 3 months.  We were staggered to find the amount was 87.31. Thank you all Windmill Hill Supper Bar customers
We received a cheque in November 2016 from FLOW for 150.  Thanks to all the ladies for their fundraising efforts throughout the year and for choosing us to be one of the recipients of your charity funds

Our volunteer Mary Hill's church, St Berteline's in Norton, very kindly donated 50 to help us in October 2016

Thank you to customers of Panny's Fish & Chips in Walton Road Stockton Heath, who donated 38.67 during summer 2016 (and thank you Panny's for the best fruity curry sauce anywhere!)

The contents of the collection box from The George Lloyd Restaurant of Halton Hospital in summer 2016 was 11.60.  Thank you to the customers
The customers of Beechwood Stores in Runcorn who gave 30.60 in the summer of 2016

Everyone who gave to our tombola stall in the hospital on 14 July 2016.  The event raised 123 and volunteers want to thank all who contributed.  Prizes were given by Silver Blades in Widnes, The Old Hall Hotel in Frodsham, Shaw's Butchers of Church Street, Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn, The Co-Op in Granville Street Runcorn, Gleave's Garden Centre in Frodsham .. and Rick Astley! 

Thank you all

We always make sure there's two of our volunteers doing the counting, to double-check the amounts.  We don't leave the responsibility to one person on their own, so that everything is openly dealt with

Thanks go to John Lewis, Managing Director of SOG Ltd, who agreed in January 2012 to fund our purchase of two new 'roller-banner' style exhibition screens, plus fund other promotional items, total value of 250.  The banners help us raise awareness in the community of the service we provide and assist us in our fundraising

Logo design

Credit is due to graphic designer Jason Hill for our musical logo at the top of the pages.  It links in with the NHS logo which is blue, and being a bass clef, also harmonises (sorry!) with our sister station Radio General in Warrington who have a blue and white treble clef

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