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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- An easy way of giving to Radio Halton

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We have been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.  It means that we will get a contribution towards expanding the service to other areas of the hospital.  But we need your help.  The more support we get, the more funding we could receive

If you're not a member, please join and support us!   If you already have a white and yellow card, you'll just need to get a leaflet containing a temporary blue and white card (as in the above picture) from your local Co-op store.  Once registered, you'll be sent a permanant card

The new card allows you to earn 5% for you and 1% for your community.  To be able to spend your 5% or choose which cause receives 1%, you must register the card online at coop.co.uk/register  or call 0800 023 4708

- Streaming

Streaming on the intranet has stalled at the moment, following an issue with the Trust's computer in our office, which is still runnign Windows XP.  The IT team at the Trust are helping us to sort it out.  Then we should be able to get the stream sent across the car park to the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre onto their bedside system

Once it's up and running again, if you work in the hospital, you can listen on your computer while you work, using Windows Media Player.  Just click File, click Open URL..  and type in the new address here... you'll only need to do this once, as it will stay in the drop down list



Radio Halton volunteers are planning another tombola stall in December 2016.  Keep a lookout here for the date, once it's organised

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.  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

Currently, 10 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.  This week we've been adding songs from 2016, plus songs patients have asked for that weren't on our system:

  • Gregory Porter 'Holding on'

  • Glen Campbell 'Sunflower'

  • The Shires 'My universe'

  • Shakin' Stevens 'Last man alive'
          • Elvis Presley 'Big hunk o' love' (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

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. We find out what music they 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

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 improved 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 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 WatsonRussell 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"

CompetitionsNCO bassoon

Radio Halton gave away a pair of tickets for the Friday 8 April 2016 concert at St Elphin's Church in Warrington by soloists from the Northern Chamber Orchestra

The programme featured Schubert's Octet, Mozart's Horn Concerto and 20th century composer Jean Francaix's Divertissement, which spotlights the bassoon, played by Llinos Owen - here she is in action on the right >

The winner on Pam Eastwood's programme "In Classical Mood" on Tues 5 April was Julie Shaw from Warrington

Thanks to Kathryn at the NCO for providing the tickets.  Find out more about the orchestra and its players at www.ncorch.co.uk


  • Clare TealClare Teal came to Runcorn to appear at The Brindley on Friday 22 April 2016 and Graham Tarry caught up with her for a chat ahead of the gig.  Clare, along with her trio, showcased the music of Doris Day

  • Derek Gates spent some time chatting with Rev Philip Turner, who is the Chaplain at the hospital.  Listen out now for some "Thought for the Day" short talks from Rev Phil.   Find out more about what chaplains in hospitals offer at http://liverpool.anglican.org/Chaplains-to-Hospitals

New Volunteers

John Timms
John Timms
, who successfully completed the 100 mile 5 canal walk in May 2016 has joined us and is training on a Thursday morning with fellow walker Derek Gates

Runcorn resident Eileen Kelly is doing her training with Derek Gates on a Friday morning...
...look out for her as she visits the wards

... and Lesley Wilkinson started training in October 2016 on a Thursday afternoon but unfortunately has relocated her job and is unable to continue.  Lesley, we wish you all the best for the future, and hope you find another volunteering opportunity nearer to you


There are another 3 potential volunteers going through the recruitment process at the moment
Sorry you're leaving

AudWe're sorry that Audrey is having to leave us because of difficulties.  We'll really miss you and I'm sure the patients will miss your cheery smiling presence around the wards and clinics 
Wishing you well for the future, Audrey!

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  18 October 2016

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Registered Charity No 1068428