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Summer fete 2018
Radio Halton volunteers are taking part in The Sandymoor community summer fete on Saturday 14 July 2018...
.... we'll have a stall there from 12 noon, in the tea room, next to the beer tent!
At our stall, you can chat to volunteers to find out how we help patients in Halton Hospital... maybe you can join our team of volunteers?
or just stop and say hello
Think Wellbeing in Halton offers free NHS therapy for people age 18 and over to help you change the way you feel by changing the way you think
you can refer yourself by clicking www.nwbh.nhs.uk/think-wellbeing-halton
New location for one of our collection boxes
Thanks to the help of Widnes Wild Ice Hockey club, one of our blue collection boxes is now located in the reception area of Planet Ice at The Hive at Widnes Waterfront
Find out more about how you can help raise funds to keep the radio service going for patients to benefit from it on the Donations section of our About Us page
New studio computer
After what seems an eternity, our new computer has been built, delivered and installed ......thanks to a grant from the WHH Charity
You can now hear music & chat from our team of volunteers every hour of every day that you're here in Halton Hospital!
Grateful thanks to our sister station, Radio General, from Warrington Hospital, who allowed us to use their output as a sustaining service whilst we were out of normal action
are also due to Stephen Reynolds, a local computer expert who in mid
March 2018, restored our network between the studio and office
computers. Having done that, we were then able, with help from P
Squared tech guys, to get the updated software onto the office
computer, which means we can now carry out production work such as
adding new songs and recording items like Thought for the Day again
Some songs we'd been asked for but didn't have were added recently are:
Derry has moved on
We were sad in November 2017 to accept the resignation of our longest service volunteer, Derry Griffiths, who's left the Halton area to move to an independent living flat in Cheshire
Derry started at Radio Halton in its inaugural year, 1986, and has always been a great favourite among patients and staff
With his extensive musical knowledge and love of country music, Mondays and Wednesdays simply won't be the same without him
He was given a commemorative framed photo as a memento and we all wish him the very best for the future
Two easy ways of giving to Radio Halton:
1 - Virgin Money Giving
Radio Halton has a page on Virgin Money Giving. You can make a donation using Virgin Money Giving Just click the link or the logo
2 - Collection boxes
You can give donations in coins via our blue collection boxes
-we've got some new locations for them in the past few months, the latest one is in Planet Ice, on Widnes Waterfront
Find out where the others are by clicking Donations
Get Active Awards
Radio Halton Volunteer John Timms was honoured for his contribution to health walks at a ceremony in June 2017, with a Volunteer of the Year award by the former Mayor of Halton, Ged Philbin
John is a health walks leader, who supports people to improve their health and wellbeing. He helped Murdishaw Health Centre put into practice a GP health walk referral scheme
assessed suitable walk routes and now leads walks, taking time to sit
and have a cuppa and chat with patients in the health centre
Throughout the Super League season, we bring you commentary of Widnes Vikings home games in partnership with our fellow volunteers at Radio General in Warrington Hospital
This is thanks to the IT team at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who enable us to relay Radio General's commentary via the Trust's intranet
- Streaming - new URL address
plug in your earphones or a set of computer speakers and we're with you all day
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
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
Our volunteers visit patients on the
wards and chat with them to help them relax. We find out what music
like, then play it for them when we get back to the studio
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
There are loudspeakers in the outpatient clinic waiting areas and also in Entrance 1 - nearest the busway - to help people relax whilst sitting there
Medics agreeMusic really helps people -
- and medical professionals agree -
- see this article from a daily newspaper
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, the late Dave Swarbrick said, "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 Ė during the times Iíve been really ill, Iíve 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 itíd give me a little bit of a lift and a buzz inside"
Paula McCabe has been busy reading in order to review a new book published in January 2018
It's called "Menopause matters: how to master the menopause.. survive, thrive and feel alive" by Shelley Chapman
You can find out more about it here http://amzn.eu/55VFZGF
Paula presented her review in her Thursday evening show and Friday afternoon show in April 2018
Graham Tarry chatted to Mikey Gilbert of Widnes Wild ice hockey team
It was on Wed 11 April 2018, on Graham's morning show between 10 and 12
Paula McCabe chatted to Anne Dooley in March 2018. Anne
is keen on public speaking and is a member of Toastmasters in
Warrington. It's a non-profit organisation with clubs all over the
Anne also volunteered with Radio Halton for a time a few years ago, so it was good to welcome her back, if only briefly
Our presenter Eileen Kelly had a long in-depth conversation with him on air about the show on Monday afternoon 6 November 2017 - and she's as passionate about Billy Joel's music as Elio!
sure of your ticket for his 10 date tour - with David Brown, original
guitarist from Billy Joel's band - in May 2018 where the nearest he
comes to us is Liverpool's Epstein Theatre (formerly known as The Neptune) in Hanover Street
Graham Tarry chatted to Mikey Gilbert and Georgia Weekes from Widnes Wild Ice Hockey club on his Radio Halton programme on Wednesday 6 September 2017
out more about how ice hockey is developing in Halton, since the
opening of the Silver Blades in Widnes, now known as Planet Ice