The shortlists for this year’s National Hospital Radio Awards have been released as the Hospital Broadcasting Association continues to highlight the exceptional work of volunteers in what continues to be an unprecedented time.
The National Hospital Radio Awards celebrate the continued efforts of volunteers from its member stations, who have continued to bring entertainment, light relief and information to patients in hospital, care homes and other community settings.
Categories this year include Best Male, Best Female, Best Programme with Multiple Presenters and the return of Special Event and Best Speech Package as individual categories.
Stations battling it out in the hotly contested Station of the Year category include BHBN, Radio Tyneside, Radio Ysbyty Gwynedd and Grampian Hospital Radio to name but a few.
Awards organiser, Neil Ogden, commented on the standard of this year’s entries, saying
It's great to hear how that our member stations have continued broadcasting some excellent programming during these unprecedented difficult times and that they can take the time to share what they have been doing.
Chairman of the HBA, Grant McNaughton, commented:
Hospital Broadcasting organisations across the UK have continued to deliver entertaining entertainment, news and information to healthcare users throughout this pandemic. What is truly remarkable is that our member stations have adapted to these difficult times and remained committed to serving, producing and presenting dedicated local radio for the healthcare community. Our National Hospital Radio Awards recognise the talent and dedication of hospital broadcasting volunteers, and this year's entries showcase that remarkable talent and commitment.
During the pandemic, visiting restrictions across major healthcare settings, including care homes and hospitals, have often meant the voice on the radio at the other end of the speaker has been the only form of communication for relatives and patients to connect with each other.