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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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What is hospital radio?       What songs are played?             See the Top 40 listener requests

How does it help?  smiley relaxing               EVENTS             Recent Donations - see the About Us page


Remembrance poppy Radio Halton were able to take part in the two minutes silence, both on Rembrance Sunday and on Armistice Day itself

We programmed the computer playout system to observe the silence at 11am on each day


When do Radio Halton broadcast?

HeadphonesYou 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.  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

About 12 people volunteer their time to provide the service to patients, visitors and staff

We're making 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 have, so we've put that right:

  • Joe Brown 'A picture of you'

  • The Lettermen 'The way you look tonight'

  • Pat Boone 'I'll see you in my dreams'

  • Neil Diamond 'Something blue'
          • Big Dee Irwin 'Swinging on a star'


What is hospital radio? 

freephone on the wardVolunteer Rob chats to patientOur 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


Volunteer Rob chats to a patient



Patients can settle back into bed or an easy chair and relax to favourite music through ...

headset...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! 

  • Select channel 3 for Radio Halton

  • Select channel 2 for BBC Radio 2 (we've recently imrpoved the sound quality on this channel)

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

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

HBA logoAre you interested in joining hospital broadcasting?  If so, you can find out what we need people to do on our Join page

 


The benefits of music in hospitalSwarb at the Brindley 09

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 WatsonRussell 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

NCO with Nicholas WardThe Northern Chamber Orchestra opened their new season at The Parr Hall, Warrington on Thursday 30NicholasDanielOboist October 2014They 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


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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 pieces. 

Highfield MVC at The Brindley

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 tickets

Kathryn 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! 

Nicholas Ward violin

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 Quintet

A 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?" 



Rugby League Commentaries

Vikings logo

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

 



Interviews

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

We're looking forward to chatting with Rev Philip Turner, who is the chaplain at the hospital, in the coming weeks  Fiond out more about what chaplains in hospitals offer at http://liverpool.anglican.org/Chaplains-to-Hospitals

Events

Hospital Family Open Day - Sunday 7 September 2014

Family Open DayWarrington 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


Open Day Little unAs 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...


Lisa getting ready

The 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 ease ...



Lisa Beardsworth at the mic.. 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










New Programme

Vintage Yrs logoFrom March 2014 we have a new programme called The Vintage Years on a Friday lunchtime, featuring singers and bands from the 1920s up to the 1950s

It's presented by Jim Simpson, who sends us the programme via his website.   Find out more here thevintageyears.co.uk  and tune in to channel 3 between 1 and 2 o'clock on Fridays to hear those vintage oldies



New Volunteers

Learner

We currently have three new people wishing to join us who are going through the recruitment process

Volunteers

We're sorry that Tony Knowles, one of our ward visitors, has left us.  He and his wife are expecting a baby and we wish them all well 

We also say goodbye to Philip Barnwell, who now has other commitments and is unable to continue with us


National Hospital Request Chart

Mark Snowdon of Radio General in Warrington put together a national chart from hospitals all over the UK
See 2013's Top 40 as well as past years' charts at
http://www.requestcharts.org.uk

Change the world - or at least Halton!

Our appeal for more volunteers is called "change the world" - we've put it on this page for you to hear - click on the link, then click your back button on your browser to return here

Updated by:            The Webmistress purple spider  11 November 2014

The Webmistress is using KompoZer to update the site and IrfanView for image editing - and Leech to upload the pages


 

Registered Charity No 1068428