Charity Celebrates 40 years of Bringing Sunshine to Patients!

There was a party atmosphere at a hotel in Weston super Mare as a charity that entertains hospital patients celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Ofcom Applications for Analogue FM Licences

It is HBA’s responsibility to, as far as possible, to safeguard the future of hospital broadcasting. Over recent years the Association has taken steps to encourage member stations to look beyond historic and current delivery methods, such as hard-wired and patient entertainment system providers, and consider other delivery systems.

On Air Issue 160 - Available Now

Issue 160 of your On-Air magazine is now available to download and view. 

In this issue:

From fields to wards - Festival founder finds some Sunshine

Glastonbury Festival's Michael Eavis CBE found some sunshine at Weston Super Mare General Hospital last weekend when he was invited by the Sunshine Hospital Radio team to open their refurbished studio. The refurbishment, which cost £25,000, took two years to raise and rebuild the studio, which is now wheelchair accessible, and was completed in time for the station's 40th anniversary and the NHS70 celebrations.

Just before he cut the ribbon Michael Eavis said " You've raised an amazing amount, and what a tremendous job, you should all be very proud" 

HBA Publishes Vision & Mission Statement

Since our AGM earlier this year, we've been working hard to work on delivering new vision and mission statements.

Thanks primarily to your feedback from our consultation, both in previous newsletters and at our Annual Conference, HBA's Trustees have put together the statements, which we feel adequately reflects the future direction of the association and its member stations. These were agreed by the HBA Trustees in July 2018.

You can read our Vision and Mission statements here.

HRB Volunteer appears on ITV Anglia News

A volunteer from Hospital Radio Bedford appeared on ITV Anglia News on the 31st July after entering his news report to the national ITV competition "Breaking Into News".

Share Your NHS70 Stories with On-Air

We're celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service today and we know many of our member stations are too. 

If you've been taking part in celebrations within your community or hospital with your radio station, share your stories with us for inclusion in our next On-Air magazine, due for release at the end of August 2018. 

Radio Tyneside Launches on FM

Radio Tyneside, the hospital radio station for Newcastle and Gateshead has begun braodcasting on 93.6FM in the area.

The station has been granted a five-year community radio licence by Ofcom to expand the service from the local hospital to the wider area. 

Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

Today, the country celebrates 70 years of our National Health Service, the NHS.

It launched on 5th July 1948, it's sole purpose to bring hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists under one umbrella organisation - to provide services that are free for all at the point of delivery.

Milestones in the NHS include:

1952 - Charges of one shilling introduced for prescriptions