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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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Radio Halton provides a music and information service to the patients, staff and visitors of Halton General Hospital in Runcorn, Cheshire (UK), within Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust . 

The service began broadcasting in 1986 and is a registered charity (No 1068428)   

What we do

Radio Halton typically broadcasts live programmes 12 hours a day, between 10am and 10pm, supplying a wide range of music to cater for most tastes.  Patients can access music on bedside headsets during the night if they need to relax when sleep is difficult

As well broadcasting to the wards on channel 3, we can also be heard via speakers in three Out-patient clinics (A, B and C), ECG Waiting Area plus the Tea Bar area at the front of the hospital (Entrance 1)

If we raise enough funds, we hope to extend the service to other areas of the hospital in the future, including the Day Case Unit, the Delamere Centre and more.  This could be done by using the intranet to stream our output to hospital computers in departments or we are also investigating the possibility of mobile phone technology

There are no paid staff:  we have a dedicated and patient-focused team of volunteers who visit the wards of Halton General Hospital.  The frequency of ward visits varies, depending on other demands in the lives of the volunteers who give up their spare time to help.  

We are run by an Executive Committee of Trustees which meets 6 times per year.  We currently have five Trustees:   Derry Griffiths, Derek Gates, Graham Tarry (Chairperson), John Timms (Hon Treasurer) and Pam Eastwood (Hon Secretary).  We also hold General meetings 6 times a year for all volunteers to take a part in decision making

The photo below is Halton General Hospital's Entrance 2 - to find Radio Halton, go in via Entrance 2 and turn right immediately -

Entrance 2we're on the right of this entrance on the lower level:  directional signs will help you find us

If you arrive by car, you'll need coins or a chip and pin card for the pay and display car park machine, located in the hospital entrance

You can also pay by phone using your card

The current charges in June 2017 are

up to 30 minutes is free
up to 2 hours 2.50, up to 4 hours 3.50, up to 6 hours 5, up to 24 hours 6

and displayed in the image below

Car park sign


Why do we provide music?

It's  widely accepted that music can be invaluable in managing pain relief and promoting health by speeding recovery and boosting immunity.  See details, together with medical references here http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml

David playing for SaulThe idea actually goes back 3,000 years, to when King Saul was ill and asked David to play the harp to make him feel better -

- check it out in 1 Samuel chapter 16 verse 23: 

" From then on, whenever the evil spirit sent by God came on Saul, David would get his harp and play it. The evil spirit would leave, and Saul would feel better and be all right again"

MusicHelpsSurgery BBC News reported in August 2015 that "Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain."  An analysis of data found evidence that people who listened to music had reduced anxiety and were less likely to request pain relief

There are no known negative effects of listening to music, and you would be expected to be free to listen to personal music before a surgical procedure (for example while waiting to be taken to the operating theatre) or when recovering on the ward after. And if you find music helps you relax in these situations, it must be a good thing 

More information about this research can be found on the NHS website here


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 Locations for our collection boxes:   

(a handy way to get rid of your old old pound coin roundpound coins before midnight on Sunday 15 October 2017...

... when they cease to be legal tender!)

Booze Buster, Church Street, Runcorn

Beechwood Stores, Beechwood, Avenue, Runcorn

**NEW** Brookvale Community Centre, Northwich Road, Brookvale, Runcorn

Deli Bar, Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre, Earls Way, Runcorn

The George Lloyd Restuarant, Halton General Hospital, Runcorn

Panny's Fish and Chips, Walton Road, Stockton Heath

Plumb Point, Picow Farm Road, Runcorn

Quigley's Bakery, Grangeway, Runcorn

SG Stores, Grangeway, Runcorn

St Paul's Pharmacy, High Street, Runcorn

Shaw's Butchers, Church Street, Runcorn

Weston Village Store, Weston Village, Runcorn

Windmill Hill Supper Bar, Windmill Hill Centre, Runcorn

We're pleased we've another 2 potential new locations for our collection boxes in Runcorn and Widnes... we'll let you know where soon

If you'd like to help us by putting a collection box for Radio Halton in your community venue, please let us know by ringing 01928 753417 or email email 

Make sure your donation does reach Radio Halton

Radio Halton volunteers do not carry out street collections or door to door collections.  We would need to buy a licence to do this and we are not licensed to do so. 

If you suspect someone of fraudulently collecting money in the name of Radio Halton, please inform the local police on 101 or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Report it online

Grateful thanks to:

Co-op cheque ... the Co-op Local Community Fund, who selected Radio Halton as one of their charities for 6 months from September 2016 until April 2017

This scheme raised a fantastic 6901 for Radio Halton

Pictured receiving the cheque are volunteers Roger Sloan, Pam Eastwood and Derry Griffiths, from Co-op Balfour Street Runcorn store manager Jack

Everyone who gave to our tombola stall at Runcorn Hill on 29 + 30 July 2017.  The event raised 125.15 and volunteers want to thank all who contributed.  Prizes were given by local businesses Silver Blades in Widnes, Reel Cinema in Widnes, Shaw's Butchers of Church Street, Runcorn, and Keith from the Quality Fruit and Veg stall

Windmill Hill Supper Bar customers donated 58.56 in July and August 2017 and also 89.50 in the 3 months up to June 2017  - Thank you

Customers in Booze Buster, Church Street, Runcorn gave 16.43 in the months up to June 2017 - thanks all

Shaw's Butchers
customers in Church Street, Runcorn gave 26.01 via our collection box on the counter in the months up to June 2017 - thank you

Customers at the Co-op in Granville Street put
43.63 change into our collection boxes there up to June 2017 - thank you

Customers of Weston Village Stores donated 16.31 in the 3months to June 2017 - thank you

The contents of the collection box from The George Lloyd Restaurant of Halton Hospital in spring 2017 was 11.23.  Thank you to the customers and staff there

Patients on the ICU ward, who chatted to Mary Hill on her last ward visit for us in January 2017, donated some money to help the radio service.  Thank you

The proceeds of our muic quiz stall in Halton Hospital on Thurs 15 December raised 95.93 to hep us improve the  radio service for patients.  Thank you to everyone who took part, and everyone who donated the prizes too!   They include Silver Blades in Widnes, Runcorn Linnets FC, The Co-op in Granville Street Runcorn, Morrisons in Frodsham and  Shaws Butchers in Runcorn
We received a cheque in November 2016 from FLOW for 150.  Thanks to all the ladies for their fundraising efforts throughout the year and for choosing us to be one of the recipients of your charity funds

Our volunteer Mary Hill's church, St Berteline's in Norton, very kindly donated 50 to help us in October 2016

Thank you to customers of Panny's Fish & Chips in Walton Road Stockton Heath, who donated 38.67 during summer 2016 (and thank you Panny's for the best fruity curry sauce anywhere!)

The customers of Beechwood Stores in Runcorn who gave 14.87 in the spring of 2017
Thank you all

We always make sure there's two of our volunteers doing the counting, to double-check the amounts.  We don't leave the responsibility to one person on their own, so that everything is openly dealt with

Thanks go to John Lewis, Managing Director of SOG Ltd, who agreed in January 2012 to fund our purchase of two new 'roller-banner' style exhibition screens, plus fund other promotional items, total value of 250.  The banners help us raise awareness in the community of the service we provide and assist us in our fundraising

Logo design

Credit is due to graphic designer Jason Hill for our musical logo at the top of the pages.  It links in with the NHS logo which is blue, and being a bass clef, also harmonises (sorry!) with our sister station Radio General in Warrington who have a blue and white treble clef

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