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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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After what seems an eternity, our new computer has been built, delivered and installed ......thanks to a grant from the WHH Charity

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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

Tombola Stall 

Our popular tombola stall returned on Thursday 14 December 2017 - this time with a difference...
...this time, EVERY ticket won a prize!Tombola Tickets

Radio Halton volunteers were pleased to chat to so many people in the main corridor by Entrance 1

You helped us raise £59.75 - thank you so much!

Derry moving on
Derry final show
We were sad to accept the resignation of our longest service volunteer, Derry Griffiths, who is leaving the Halton area to move to an independent living flat in Cheshire

Derry started at Radio Halton in its inaugural year, 1986, and has been a great favourite among patients and staff

With his fantastic 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

Virgin Money Giving

2 - Collection boxes

   Blue box You can give donations in coins via our blue collection boxes

in the local area around Runcorn

-we've got 3 new locations for them in the past few months, the latest one is in Handy Jack's in Shopping City, Runcorn

Find out where the others are by clicking Donations

Get Active Awards

Get Active Award JTRadio 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

He assessed suitable walk routes and now leads walks, taking time to sit and have a cuppa and chat with patients in the health centre

Rugby League

BETFRED SuperLeague

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

Following the supply and installation of a brand new office computer with a solid state hard drive, streaming on the intranet is thankfully (with the help of fellow volunteer Keith from Radio General) back up and running.  We are looking into the possibility of having the stream sent across the car park to patients in the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre onto their bedside system

If you work in the hospital, you can listen on your computer while you work, using Windows Media Player on our new address below.  Just click File, click Open URL..  and type in the url address below... you'll only need to do this once, as it will stay in the drop down list for you to click on next time


plug in your earphones or a set of computer speakers and we're with you all day


Awareness stall at Widnes Market Wednesday 27 September2017

WidMkt20170927Radio Halton held an awareness stall in Widnes Market on Wed 27 September between 12.30 and 2.30

Our volunteers Derek Gates and John Timms chatted to people to tell them how we help patients in Halton Hospital - and enjoy ourselves at the same time!

If you join our team, we only ask for a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week visiting patients on the wards and ensuring they have access to some relaxing music to aid recovery


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

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 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 agree

music to patients' earsMusic reallys 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

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, 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 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"


Elio PaceElio Pace was at to The Brindley Theatre in Runcorn to present his show The Billy Joel Songbook on Thursday 9 November 2017

Our presenter Eileen Kelly had a long in-depth conversation with him on air about the show on Monday afternoon 6 November - and she's as passionate about Billy Joel's music as Elio!

Make 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

WidnesWildGraham Tarry chatted to Mikey Gilbert and Georgia Weekes from Widnes Wild Ice Hockey club on his Radio Halton programme on Wednesday 6 September 2017

Find out more about how ice hockey is developing in Halton, since the opening of the Silver Blades in Widnes

Sandra CurrieOn Thursday 26 January 2017, Derek Gates chatted to a lady whose job is going into care homes to sing to patients in dementia units, nursing homes and residential units

He talked to Sandra Currie who is a professional singer, and he played songs from the CD she's recorded

She takes a supply of tambourines and maracas with her to care homes, for residents to join in with the music

To find out more, go to her website www.sandracurrie.com or find her facebook page:  search for Sandra Currie Care Home Entertainer

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

New Volunteers

John Timms
John Timms
has completed his training on a Thursday morning with Derek Gates.  John kindly stepped up to become our Honorary Treasurer.  He began his own 50s and 60s Wednesday evening show in August 2017, and also has a Thursday afternoon show

Runcorn resident Eileen Kelly has also completed her studio training with Derek Gates
... look out for her on a Friday morning...


Learner Volunteer Mark Thomas started with us in January 2017 and has completed his training so is visiting the wards and presenting a programme on air twice a week

Paula McCabe Another volunteer, Paula McCabe, started training in February 2017 on a Thursday evening between 6 and 8pm.  She visits the wards and is working on the studio equipment too

Both these newbies have taken on an extra 2 hour shift, to help reinforce their training, which has helped them complete and be fully fledged ward visitor/presenters

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 February 2018

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Registered Charity No 1068428