A Voice through COVID

As part of Volunteers' Week, we're highlighting the work of our member stations and their volunteers. 

Many have continued to broadcast during the Coronavirus pandemic, often being the only companion by the bedside due to restrictions on friends and family visiting hospital. We've highlighted the work of some of our member stations have done during the pandemic and thought we'd share some of the highlights again, specifically around the Coronavirus pandemic and how stations have adapted.


Winning GOLD while presenting at home.

The National Hospital Radio Awards took place earlier this year. During an uncertain time for everyone, many volunteers across the country continued to broadcast from home. Philip Warnes of Hospital Radio Exeter won GOLD in the category of Best Specialist Music Programme, sponsored by PPL. Read more about his win and how Hospital Radio Exeter continued to broadcast here.

You can read more about our National Hospital Radio Award winners here. 


65 Hours of Live programming a week... from home!

The team at Hospital Radio Bedford pulled out all the stops to ensure they were broadcasting 65 hours of live programming a week to patients in their local community. Read more about this mammoth task.


Lifting Spirits in Wales

Stations in Wales were invited to join in with The Big Welsh Sing-along in March to help lift the spirits of the communitiy in these uncertain times. Read more about the sing-along here.


Staying Calm and Carrying on in Ipswich

Spirits in Ipswich were still in full spirit as the station promised to continue broadcasting for at least two hours a day, ensuring the request programme would run seven days a week. Read More.


Bringing Communities together in Plymouth

Patient requests proved an important part of lockdown, not only in Ipswich, but also Plymouth, where the team concentrated on bringing families together when they couldn't meet face-to-face. Read More.


The music continued in Chichester

The team at Chichester Hospital Radio used the power of social media to ensure requests and music could continue whilst the studios remained out-of-action due to the national lockdown. Read More.


Radio Brockley brings the frontline to the airwaves

Radio Brockley continued to broadcast their weekly news programme, Brockley News, which allowed the team to get updates from senior RNOH team members, enabling the station to pass important information to listeners straight to the frontline. Read More.


Harrogate Hospital Radio broadcasts from airing cupboard studio

Many of our member stations had to adapt and find new ways of broadcasting, with many opting to broadcast programmes from home. Dining rooms, attics, gardens and even airing cupboards! Read more about Harrogate Hospitals Radio airing cupboard studio here.