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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 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
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. These are the kind of tunes we're were asked for, but didn't
we've put that right:
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, depending on
the radio signal reception to ensure good quality sound
are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in
Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help people relax whilst sitting
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"
News - Competitions
A 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
The Northern Chamber Orchestra opened
their new season at The Parr Hall, Warrington on Thursday 30 October 2014. They 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
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 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 Tuesday lunchtime 'In Classical Mood' programme when she correctly answered the competition question, "Who wrote The Four Seasons?"
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
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
We'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!
Warrington 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
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