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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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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 (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

About 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.  These are the kind of tunes we're were asked for, but didn't have, so we've put that right:

  • Genesis 'I can't dance'

  • Bing Crosby 'Moonlight becomes you'

  • Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars 'Uptown funk'

  • Queen 'Love kills'
          • Sam Smith 'I'm not the only one'

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 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 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 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

NCO with Nicholas WardThe Northern Chamber Orchestra are in concert at The Brindley on Sunday 8 March, when they're joined by Halton village's own Martin RoscoeMartin RoscoeMartin 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 hospitalDancing couple

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


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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

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 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 countryís finest chamber orchestras, played a delightful programme - perfect for a spring afternoon! 

Nicholas Ward violin

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 Quintet

A 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?" 



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

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

 

Interviews

  • We're also going to be talking to members of the Lunch Bunch, who are affected by dementia in their families and meet together in Murdishaw Community Centre every Tuesday.  Listen out on Derek Gates' programme to hear how they support each other and find out more here http://lunchbunchhalton.com


Events

Awareness stall in Halton Hospital

Derry at awareness stallWe'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


New Volunteers

Learner

We currently have three new people wishing to join us who are going through the recruitment process.  This takes a few weeks, because of the  references, DBS check and medical check required by the hospital trust - so if you have applied, please don't think we've forgotten about you - we haven't!

Sadly, family circumstances mean that Peter Nunu and Lorraine Rizzotti are unable to continue volunteering with us.  They'll be missed on a Thursday evening and we wish them all the best for the future


National Hospital Request Chart

Mark Snowdon of Radio General in Warrington has put together a national chart of requested songs in 2014 at hospitals all over the UK.  It's available at http://www.requestcharts.org.uk as well as past years' charts now

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 2015

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


 

Registered Charity No 1068428