Meet the Glasgow Hospital Radio Broadcast Team who have uplifted your home throughout COVID-19


Hospital radio has played a central role in the lives of patients in Glasgow for decades.

The current pandemic has meant that, like many of us, hosts and presenters have had to swap the studio for the couch.

Glasgow Hospital Outreach Service volunteers have worked hard to keep the regular service away from their homes.

The service, which broadcasts daily to patients at Beatson, Gartnavel, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Alexandrea, continued to offer its regular programming, including dedicated messages and musical tributes.

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They may not be able to visit patients in the hospital, but HBS president Niall Anderson said the volunteers have “risen to the challenge” by continuing to broadcast live broadcasts in recent months.

He said: “While it is easy during the lockdown restrictions to take a step back and say that we are unable to provide a service, the team has found ways to continue broadcasting programs, including including nightly live demand broadcasts.

“Our biggest problem has been figuring out how to market the service when we can’t physically visit the services, but again the team has found new ways to do it.

“I’m really proud of everyone and the work they’ve done to keep us on air.”

The station, which operates entirely through donations from the public, broadcasts 24 hours a day with volunteers presenting a variety of shows

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Ross Turnbull, 26, who hosts an on-demand music show on Wednesday night, said: “Right now, as the world turns upside down, hospital radio is more important than ever.

“Patients cannot be visited by loved ones, so I hope the friendly voices on the hospital radio can bridge part of this gap.

“Working from home for myself initially was a challenge, not only because it was a new work environment, but it also means I’m also much closer to the cookie jar than I would like! ”

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Robert Craw, 60, who has presented various shows for HBS for the past five years, said that while working from home was a challenge, it was equally worth it for the volunteers.

He said: “Getting to grips with technology and software has been a major learning curve for me, but being able to continue to provide live entertainment to patients and listeners is a real pleasure.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has prevented patients from receiving visits. For this reason, HBS can be a lifeline for patients, as well as family and friends who can text or email HBS to request a song or make a dedication for the patient.

“For patients, just hearing your name or a special piece of music can go a long way to boost morale, bring back memories and connect with loved ones. ”


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