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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 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"
News - Competitions
The Northern Chamber Orchestra are in concert at The Brindley on Sunday 8 March, when they're joined by Halton village's own Martin Roscoe. Martin is a renowned concert pianist
The programme is one of mixed emotions, with music from 4 very different composers: Haydn's dark, dramatic Symphony no 52 in C minor, Janacek's Suite for Strings, Mozart's flamboyant Piano Concerto in A major K414 and Saint-SaŽns rhythmic dance, Havanaise, which flashes with Spanish influences
The concert starts at 3 o'clock and tickets are avaialble at £15 for adults and only £7 for students from www.thebrindley.org.uk or from 0151 907 8360. There'll be a pair of tickets as a prize on Radio Halton's 'In Classical Mood' with Pam Eastwood on Tuesday between 12 and 1
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 Sheila McCarten who volunteers for the League of Friends on the Tea Bar at Entrance 1 of the hospital
Sheila took her fellow volunteer Dilys along to see and hear The Northern Chamber Orchestra on Sunday 25 January 2015, courtesy of Kathryn from the NCO
Listen out for more popular Viennese music by Strauss and others being added to our collection
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
Peter Gilberts from the Choir gave us prizes of 5 pairs of tickets as prizes. 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 countryís finest chamber orchestras, played a delightful programme - perfect for a spring afternoon!
Vivaldiís The Four Seasons, played superbly by NCOís 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, NCOís principal clarinet, in Weberís Clarinet Concerto Ė 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 next match we're covering is on
Sunday 1 March 2015
at The Select Security Stadium, Widnes
against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, KO 15:00
Join our presenter, who'll be on air from 14:30 on Radio Halton on Channel 3
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!
Staff Health and Wellbeing Event
Radio Halton are again taking part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Thursday 26 February 2015. It's all going on from 11 till 1.30 for staff from the Halton site
Last time, 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