Registered Charity No 1068428
Halton are overjoyed to say we're back
up and broadcasting again from
12 June 2014. Thanks to our volunteers for arranging for repair
and reconnection of all the cables and balancing the channels. We
just have a couple of glitches to iron out - one of them is the lack of
news bulletins - sorry. We're working on it as best we can
We were devastated that we were off air since 25 April 2014. The 15
year old studio mixer was renewed and only just all connected up when a leak through the ceiling damaged the mixer - more here
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 have a hard-wired system to the bedside and the speakers. We are now able to broadcast within the hospital on the Trust intranet, so staff in departments where there are no speakers would be able to 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
include some tunes we've recently been asked for and didn't have, so
we've put that right
It's slow work to get more of the older songs included - but we are getting there bit by bit
thanks go to Vera W, who in
Sept 2013, donated a Glenn MIller CD
to help boost our collection of classic tunes from years gone by.
There are still gaps in our music collection which we're working to fill
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
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
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 – 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"
During the summer of the First Utility Super League,
you can hear match commentaries on the Widnes Vikings games which are
provided by our fellow volunteers at Warrington Hospital's Radio
General. These are relayed to us via the hospital trust's
intranet at no cost
The next featured game is on
Friday 29 August 2014
KO 20:00 at The Select Security Stadium, Halton
against Wigan Warriors
Tune in to Radio Halton on channel 3 from 19:30 and join Derek Gates to listen to full commentary
This will also be advertised on the noticeboards in the main hospital corridor near each entrance
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
Hospital Family Open Day - Sunday 7 September 2014
The Trust is holding a Family Open Day from 11 till 3 on Sunday 7 September. You'll get the chance to look around The Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre and Halton General Hospital in Runcorn. Take a tour of the operating theatre and other facilities, meet the teams and get some handy health advice from stands, with entertainment thrown in too.
Halton volunteers will be pleased to give you a tour of our studio so
you can see behind the scenes of where the music and information comes
from - and maybe have a try at presenting on air
Keep an eye on the hospitals' website at www.whh.nhs.uk for more news on what's happening on the day
Our Derek Gates was at the market in Church Street, Runcorn town centre and chatting to people on Tues 3 June between 12 and 1, along with the ladies from the Volunteer Centre
He was joined for a while by Bill and Jean Dale from Books On Wheels
He was also in Widnes Market on Wed 4 June between 11 and 12
Long Service Certificate Presentation
Our longest serving volunteer is Derry Griffiths, having started with Radio Halton in 1986. We were pleased to be able to present him with a 25 years certificate at our meeting on 20 February 2014
Derry volunteers on three afternoons every week, and attends our regular meetings as well, which usually happen on his days off
There is nothing Derry doesn't know about country music, as you'll know if you've heard his country specials between 3 and 5 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons
Congratulations and well done Derry!
from the President
June Snowden (pictured here in our studio with Pam Eastwood and Mary Hill) has visited us once before, in 2004 and we showed her the changes in the studio since her last visit
She gave us some valuable advice about how we can look to the future using new technologies, and offered useful contacts who can help us
Following a good chinwag at the hospital, we then decided our tummies were rumbling and adjourned to a local hostelry to continue chatting over a meal
June is celebrating 40 years in hospital radio, and she is trying to visit as many hospital stations as possible in her anniversary year. She'd already been to Clatterbridge on the Wirral earlier in the day, and was visiting Broadgreen the day after, before returning home briefly, then off again around the country!
Another pic here shows June with Rob Carter and
Radio Halton Awareness Stall
Our volunteers held an awareness stall on Tuesday 10 December 2013
We were at
the entrance nearest the busway (Entrance 1) from
around lunchtime, at the Friends of Halton's Information Desk.
Kind people passing dropped coins into the collection box Derry Griffiths was
holding, and the amount totalled £30.55.
Staff Health and Wellbeing Event
Radio Halton took part in this event, providing music and information in the Dining Room of Halton General Hospital on Tuesday 8 October 2013. Staff who visited the various stalls around the event dropped their change into our collection box to the tune of £5.61. Thank you
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
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!
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 QuintetA 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?"
Northern Chamber Orchestra concert tickets
Kathryn from the NCO kindly donated 2 tickets for the Warrington Parr Hall concert at 7.30pm on Thursday 31 October 2013, which featured world famous Manchester-born pianist Peter Donohoe
The programme included Shostakovich Piano Concerto no 1, also works by Tchaikovsky, Bruckner and Mozart
'In Classical Mood' programme (Tuesday lunchtimes between 12 and 1)
held a competition for the two tickets. The
winner was Karen Williams from
Physiotherapy, who was so
The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire. The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians, who regularly appear as soloists and principal players
From 21 March 2014, we were off air for a few days …
…while we removed the old failing mixer. We're sorry that we were quiet for a couple of weeks
We saved funds by using the frame of the old mixer, the supplier fitting new parts inside it ...
the new mixer was
installed, it was so nice to be back... until ...
disaster struck with a water leak through the
ceiling damaged the mixer over the weekend of 26/27 April 2014.
The mixer and its power supply unit was sent back to the supplier to be
repaired. We finally got the service back on air on 12 June 2014
- thanks to the volunteers who did all the technical stuff!