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Welcome To Wrightington Hospital Radio
We are a Registered Charity, number 1013515 staffed entirely by volunteers. We serve the Hospitals in the Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, providing a local broadcasting service to be transmitted by landline or by any other means for hospitals in the Trust, hospices, old persons' homes and/or similar institutions, and wherever possible, providing a similar service to the local community to assist patients receiving "Care in the Community".
IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING HOSPITAL RADIO OUTPUT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
Hospital Radio Wrightington’s studio, which provides the radio service to the hospitals of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, is in the Patient Information Centre at Wrightington.
As has been announced by the Trust, work will be starting to re-model and upgrade the Patient Information Centre/Main Entrance.
The work is scheduled to start on February 3rd and complete on April 24th. During this period our volunteers and presenters will not be able to access the studio.
We hope to continue to provide a service via our sustaining system but cannot guarantee this as it depends on electrical power being available to the studio. We may be off air for all or part of this period.
We apologise to our listeners but this work, by the Trust, is essential.
The Trust will be providing information regarding alternative access to Wrightington Hospital
Unfortunately, the Trust, who are responsible for the volunteer programme, have suspended recruitment for the time being due to pressure of work in that department. We will keep the information below so that potential volunteers can contact is in the future.
Wrightington Hospital Radio is currently looking to expand our team of Presenters and general volunteers. You do not need to have any previous experience as all volunteers will receive a detailed programme of training to become a presenter.
We are looking for people who are confident and prepared to listen to advice.
We are also looking for people who can provide a range of programmes both during the day and in the evening. Have you a musical genre that particularly interests you? You could put out a programme in that genre.
We are also looking for caring, patient and empathetic people, to visit the patients in the wards of our hospitals, to collect music requests to be played during programmes. These volunteer will assist locating the songs in our music library and help present the shows.
Please note that at present the Trust is only accepting volunteers from within the Borough of Wigan.
Long Term Volunteer Retires
Ken Aspinall one of our longest serving members has finally hung up his microphone.
Ken originally joined Radio Metro, Leigh Hospital Radio, 28 years ago and did an evening Brass Band Show as well as commentating on Leigh Rugby League Club. He was a regular when the station went out on the road.
When Radio Metro combined with Wrightington Hospital Radio Ken moved over to join us and in 2000 he joined Kevin Riley to cover Wigan Warriors games from the DW Stadium and Challenge Cup Finals at Wembley.
Ken, now in his eighties, has decided that it is time to retire, mainly because he has had difficulties walking long distances since an operation last year.
Ken's contribution to hospital radio has been huge. We are sorry he has had to make this decision and he leaves us with our very best wishes and thanks
Out and About in the Community at Haigh Hall
Wrightington Hospital Radio was Out and About In The Community on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26th as the guests of the Friends of Haigh Woodland Park.
There was five hours of radio broadcast from the site with six presenters there throughout the day.
Situated next to the Crazy Golf it was wonderful to see the enjoyment the music brought to the families there. In fact, we received lots of positive comments from the public.
We are hoping to bring more Community events to the listeners in hospital to help them feel part of the wider community.
We have also been out and about in the community recording events that happen in and around the Wigan Borough.
Whether it be a Railway enthusiasts event, a visit to Wigan's Museum of Life, a look around Wigan Youth Zone or a visit to a Dementia Café, they are all covered and appear in our Features programmes.
People In The Trust
As part of our information programming we have been interviewing people who work or volunteer at the Trust.
Our first guest was the Chairman, Mr Robert Armstrong.
However, since then we have interviewed The Chief Executive, Mr Norman Foster; Dr Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rheumatology Consultant and Dr Stephen Gulliford, Consultant in Acute Medicine and Director for Unscheduled Care. We have also included
The Director of Workforce, Alison Balson; Rob Forster, The Director of Finance; and Pauline Law, Director of Nursing. The other Directors are scheduled for the near future.
They were all interviewed for our programme series, "People At The Trust", which looks at the people involved in making a Hospital Trust tick. In these programmes we find out about the person and their job. Many more staff interviews are planned from all the different areas of hospital life - from nursing, cleaning, clerical etc.
Wrightington Hospital Radio were again invited to be part of Ogfest, the Musical Festival at the Olive Garden, Standish.
We provided the sound system for the event and the sound engineers, Diane, Dan and Kevin, to run it.
It proved to be a perfect day for music lovers with hot sunny weather, good music and a great venue.
Everyone who attended enjoyed the day even though it was a tiring day for us. Looking forward to being able to do it again.
In The Studio
As well as the usual mix of guests from the world of music we have been fortunate enough to interview a range of interesting people for our Features series. These have included the authors of children's books, Lillian Goulding a local poet and now Wigan Borough's first Poet Laureate. Lillian is also a member of Wigan Age UK, an organisation who have been at the studio to discuss their work in the area.
Students from St John Rigby College, on Work Experience at the Hospital, popped into the studio with their member of staff to discuss the experiences they had had.
We recently met up with Katie McRae, the daughter of one of the volunteers at the Tea Bar, who climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Charity Dig Deep.
We were delighted to have Mark Aldred from Dementia Buddy to talk about the work they do.
These are just a few of the many people who have featured.
Wrightington Hospital Radio Aims to become Dementia Friendly
Wrightington Hospital Radio is committed to being a Dementia Friendly organisation.
As part of this commitment many of its members have become "Dementia Friends".
Our Commitment does not stop there. Veronika and Kevin are Dementia Champions.
Here are a couple of video clips to show the power of music.
Lanky Beat Live
Every other Thursday evening, Bill Hart, of Lankykats, a co-operative of Lancashire musicians from the 60s onwards who perform at Standish Unity Club, comes into the studio to present a programme about the Lancashire scene then and now, with guest appearances.
Kingsize Taylor, a legend of the 60s Merseybeat era, came in to do an interview with Bill Hart on the LankyBeat Live Show.
Ken (Kingsize) Taylor and the Dominoes started in the late 50s in Liverpool. They performed at the Cavern Club in the very early 60s with Cilla as the singer.
Just like the Beatles they toured Germany performing in Hamburg, Kiel and Berlin before returning to the UK to tour with Chuck Berry in 1964.
Appearances on Ready Steady Go followed but they never got the exposure their friends and rivals, The Beatles did.
Wigan has been a hotbed of the musical scene, especially the Northern Soul scene.
Wrightington Hospital Radio is proud of its links with legends associated with the Northern Soul Scene.
Each of these legends has appeared live on our programmes and support our work.
The legendary Soul and Northern Soul singer Tommy Hunt was interviewed live on Kevin's programme "The Tracks I have Grown Up With".
Eddie Holman another of the legendary Soul singers who became part of the Northern Soul scene and Wigan Casino and who is probably best known for his 1970 hit "Hey There Lonely Girl" also came to do a programme from Wrightington along with another legend of the Wigan Casino and Northern Soul scene, the DJ Russ Winstanley.
Wigan Casino held its last All-Nighter in October 1981.
Wrightington Hospital Radio and The Big Lottery Awards For All
Wrightington Hospital Radio was able to obtain a grant from The Big Lottery to improve and develop our service
The studio invested in a new professional, standard broadcast software package called Myriad. This allows us to schedule programmes 24 hours a day seven days a week.
The grant also help us to fund the replacement of ageing computer equipment, allowing off-air programme planning and editing. As with the broadcast software this will be
used to enhance the skills of volunteers.
Wrightington Hospital Radio would like to thanks the Big Lottery for their support and generosity.