Hospital Radio is a real friend for patients

New research has, for the first time, shown the true impact of Hospital Radio on a patient’s well-being.

It shows stations offer a unique service, giving patients a sense of belonging and helping their psychosocial health, from relieving boredom and loneliness to being a calming influence at what can be – for many – a difficult time, in a strange environment.

Patients, staff and volunteers from over a hundred hospitals, across the UK, were questioned and all suggested the service was a useful aid in helping a patient’s over-all recovery.

NHS staff told the researchers that Hospital Radio can help ease anxiety during treatment, helping people relax and giving them something else to focus on, rather than the treatment itself.

Grant McNaughton, chairman of the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) said: “A lot has changed in the 90 years since the first Hospital Radio station started broadcasting, and patients now have access to a whole range of different entertainment systems – including their own devices which can now store and play their own choice of films, TV programmes and music.

“Despite that, Hospital Radio continues to play a strong role and, as the research proves, can make a real difference for that patient feeling isolated and away from their loved ones for a period of time.”


Children’s hospital radio needs a lifeline (In danger of being shut down)

But now Radio Lollipop is in desperate need of support as it faces a £30,000 bill to transfer its volunteer services to the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

The £842million South Glasgow Hospitals Campus – which replaces the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries – was handed over last week ahead of the official opening in May.

However, the colossal budget does not include the cost of setting up a new studio for Radio Lollipop, plus the additional expense of transfering the existing equipment and buying new furniture and computers.

The station is manned by unpaid volunteers, many of whom are former patients, who spend time playing and entertaining the children and support their parents five-nights-a-week at Yorkhill.

But their vital service, which receives no taxpayer funding and costs a further £20,000-a-year to run, is facing the axe if they cannot raise the funds.

The hospital currently treats 160,000 children a year from all over the country including those with terminal illness.

Mum-of-four Debbie Macleod, 30, from Paisley said her six-year-old son Mason Kerr who was diagnosed with Leukaemia last February “loves Radio Lollipop”.

The brave youngster has had 3,384 “beads of courage” through his treatment process and plays nightly with the team.

via Children’s hospital radio needs a lifeline | UK | News | Daily Express.

League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital gift – Bexhill Observer

Grateful Hospital Radio Hastings volunteers laid on a PowerPoint presentation for officers of the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital.

The radio team explained on-screen last Thursday how a £1,000 gift from the Bexhill charity will help them 
bring their voluntarily-run service for hospital patients and their families into the digital age.

More than 40 volunteers work to maintain the 
existing 24-7 music and 
entertainment service from a studio at the Conquest Hospital.

The service plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary by going over to internet broadcasting this summer.

via League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital gift – Bexhill Observer.

Pupils help Hospital Radio Bedford stay on the airwaves

Pupils from key stage two at Beauchamp Middle School welcomed Peter Hadfield, chairman of Hospital Radio Bedford, to their assembly to hand over a cheque for £355.

The funds were raised by all pupils during the school’s Easter non-uniform day which help raise money for their school as well as charities.

Pupils Laurence and Sabira presented the cheque which will help secure studio equipment to enable continued broadcasting to patients.

Assistant headteacher, Michael Redmond said: “It’s very important at Beauchamp for the children to help charities, particularly those in our community.

via Pupils help Hospital Radio Bedford stay on the airwaves.

Hospital radio station welcomes special visitor

President of the Hospital Broadcasting Association drops in at Radio West Middlesex to praise volunteers for long service

Radio West Middlesex was honoured with a visit from June Snowden, president of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, on Saturday (June 14).

She was there to present a certificate of long service to volunteers at the hospital radio station, which has been broadcasting to patients at West Middlesex Hospital, in Isleworth, since 1967.

via Hospital radio station welcomes special visitor – Get West London.

Hospital Radio Stations Needs Support

Hospital Radio benefits all the patients and keeps them company. But I think it needs the support of the NHS, League of Friends and other charity grants to keep going and in order for that to happen good arguments need to be made for why hospital radio should continue.

The Hospital Broadcasting Association do a great job of promoting and supporting hospital radio stations. Long may it continue!

I’m seeing so many stations struggling with continuing their service to the patients may it be lack of members, funding or premises and have had to move else where. Also its appeal for volunteer presenters has certainly fell now that community radio is well-established and widespread.

What are your thought’s?


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