2017 Patient Magazine Out Now

The 2017-18 edition of the Southend Hospital Radio Patient Magazine is out now.

In here, you’ll find information about the radio station, our current programme schedule, and profiles of some of our team.

Our ward teams will be bringing copies around the wards, and if you see one of our request collectors in the hospital, please ask them for a copy.

You can read an electronic version of the magazine here on our site, from the following link:

We hope you find this latest issue of interest.

Thanks to Smile Publishing for preparing the issue, and for your ongoing support.

Southend Hospital Volunteer Awards 2017

Last night, volunteers from Southend Hospital Radio joined attended the annual Southend Hospital Volunteer Achievement Awards evening in Southend.

The Southend Hospital Radio Team at the 2017 Volunteer Awards

The Southend Hospital Radio Team at the 2017 Volunteer Awards

The hospital relies on its army of around 500 volunteers, and 175 attended the awards ceremony at Saxon Hall in Aviation Way.

In an interview recorded for broadcast on Southend Hospital Radio, Yvonne Blücher, Managing Director at Southend Hospital, said that the evening was to celebrate the achievements and all the hard work that the 500 volunteers have done this year. “We couldn’t survive without the work done by the volunteers. I can’t thank them enough”

All of the award-winning volunteers at the 2017 Southend Hospital Volunteer Awards

All of the award-winning volunteers at the 2017 Southend Hospital Volunteer Awards

Southend Hospital Radio celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and it’s great that we were able to attend and mix with the other various volunteer groups, as well as chat with representatives from the Trust.

Southend Hospital Radio's table at the 2017 Volunteer Awards

Southend Hospital Radio’s table at the 2017 Volunteer Awards

Our thanks to Thursday night presenter Gary Rushman, who has recently been promoting our service within the hospital. This resulted in Gary being nominated for the “Unsung Hero” award. Gary is keen to highlight that Southend Hospital Radio is a team, and that the station’s success is due to the fact that the committee and members give up their time to do their bit for the radio station.

Gary says: “Thanks go out to ALL at the station, be it behind the scenes members, people on-air, ward liaison teams, tech guys. Everybody is valued and I am happy to be a part of the Southend Hospital Radio family.”

Gary Rushman receiving an award from the Trust's Chairman and Managing Director

Gary Rushman receiving an award from the Trust’s Chairman and Managing Director

We’d like to thank the team at Southend University Hospital for inviting us to attend the evening, and in particular to Jane O’Connell, Voluntary Services Manager at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Southend Hospital Radio team enjoying the 2017 Volunteer Awards evening

Handy Links

Studio 2 Refurbishment work complete

A quick update for the technically-minded.

This year saw the start of a project to refurbish and repair the broadcast equipment in our two on-air studios. As a charity, we don’t have the luxury of being able to go out and buy expensive new studio equipment, and with our equipment now showing its age, we’re very grateful to our engineer Rick Poole for taking on the job of a major service / refurb of the mixing desk in Studio 2 of our complex in Southend.

The newly-refurbished mixing desk in Studio Two

The newly-refurbished mixing desk in Studio Two

The work has involved replacement of the majority of components, knobs and buttons, plus a re-paint to give our Alice 828 mixing desk a new lease of life. Thanks again to Rick for the hard work on this project. Presenters at the radio station can start to use the revamped studio equipment from today!

Just some of the components replaced in the Studio 2 refit

Just some of the components replaced in the Studio 2 refit

The internal workings of the Alice 828 mixer in Studio 2

Some of the internal workings of the Alice 828 mixer in Studio 2

Southend and Basildon Hospital Radio linkup

On Sunday the 29th of May 2016, Southend Hospital Radio completed a live on-air link to nearby hospital radio station Basildon Hospital Radio.

As part of the Sunday Prescription show, presenter Lainey M linked up with Basildon Hospital Radio’s Alan Newman, who was presenting the Sunday request show.

Basildon Hospital Radio links up with local community radio station Gateway FM once a month, so by linking to Southend Hospital Radio, the linkup was heard on FM, AM, on patient bedside units at both hospitals as well as via the Internet.

Pete, Jacqui, Alan and Aris at Basildon Hospital Radio in May 2016

Pete, Jacqui, Alan and Aris at Basildon Hospital Radio in May 2016

The two presenters chatted about what each station was broadcasting at the time and sent greetings to patients to both hospitals.

Southend Hospital Radio’s Chairman Pete Sipple had been invited to speak on Basildon Hospital Radio, and after discussions with his counterpart in Basildon, Jacqui James, the idea of the linkup was discussed, and it was great to have the opportunity to link the two stations together.

2016 Patient Magazine Out Now

Southend Hospital Radio 2016 Patient MagazineThe 2016 of the Southend Hospital Radio Patient Magazine is out now.

In here, you’ll find information about the radio station, our current programme schedule, and profiles of some of our team.

Our ward teams will be bringing copies around the wards, and if you see one of our request collectors in the hospital, ask them for a copy.

You can read an electronic version of the magazine here on our site, from the following link

We hope you find this latest issue of interest

Website relaunch 2016

We’re pleased to announce that the Southend Hospital Radio website has today undergone a facelift.

The previous site was developed over five years ago, and the time had come to revamp both the look of the site, and some of the under-the-hood functionality.

By way of comparison, here’s what the site now looks like following the revamp:

Southend Hospital Radio Website 2016

Southend Hospital Radio Website 2016

… and here’s a look at the old style site:

Southend Hospital Radio Website 2010

Southend Hospital Radio Website 2010

The new site makes use of WordPress, an industry-standard content management system, which will help us to bring some new features to the site.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

Our Thanks to Rayleigh Brass

Our sincere thanks to Rayleigh Brass, not only for inviting us to their excellent concert at the Mill Hall in Rayleigh, but for the generous donation of £1,100 to the station funds.

The money was raised during the groups Christmas Carol performances, and a team from Southend Hospital Radio was honoured to attend the concert in April 2015 to collect the cheque. An amazing evening of music, taking the audience on a musical journey through sun, rain and wind.

Rayleigh Brass Cheque Presentation 2015

You can find more information about Rayleigh Brass, and upcoming engagements and concerts here: www.rayleighbrass.com

BBC Essex Interview

Southend Hospital Radio is always on the lookout for more people to join our team, and we’d like to thank local radio station BBC Essex for allowing us to be interviewed about what we do.

Southend Hospital Radio presenter and PR manager Joe Smith together with Chairman Pete Sipple, appeared on Ray Clark’s afternoon show on BBC Essex on the 13th of June 2014 to talk about what we do. You can listen to the interview using the following link:

BBC Essex Interview – 13 June 2014 (9 minutes)

 

 

 

Pete and Joe from Southend Hospital Radio, with BBC Essex presenter Ray Clark

Pete and Joe from Southend Hospital Radio, with BBC Essex presenter Ray Clark

We’re currently looking for people to give a couple of hours a week to visit patients on the wards and help out in our studio complex in Southend. Joe Smith, PR Manager:

“It’s not just about going on the radio, it’s talking to people and helping people to relax. We’d like to think that Southend Hospital Radio is someone that the patients can talk to and we’ll talk to them whilst they’re in hospital”

If you’re interested in becoming one of the team at Southend Hospital Radio, please use our Join Hospital Radio page, and we’ll be in touch.

Pete, Alice and Joe at BBC Essex

Pete, Alice and Joe at BBC Essex

Thanks very much to Ray Clark and the team at BBC Essex for allowing us to spread the word about what we do.

Leigh-on-Sea Flag Day 2013

Flag Day collection tinWell done to the team for turning up to support the Flag Day at Leigh-on-Sea today.

The team gathered from around 9:30am today to raise money for the radio station. This is the second year of fundraising events in Leigh, and we’re grateful to local lad Richard Archer for arranging the collection day and helping to organise what’s looking like a good day for fundraising.

The main collection point is at the junction between Elm Road and The Broadway, with collectors positioned at other key points along the Broadway

We’d like to thank everyone who dropped coins in the collecting tins – this all goes to help raise fund to cover the increasing costs of keeping the station on-air, and providing free entertainment to the patients at Southend Hospital.

Leigh Broadway Collecting Day - Richard, Elaine and Pete with Charlotte from Costa Coffee

Leigh Broadway Collecting Day – Richard, Elaine and Pete with Charlotte from Costa Coffee

Thanks also to Costa Coffee, Leigh-on-Sea for your support, and for allowing us to place notices in store to help promote our event.

Kevin Walker Band – Charity Single

Southend Hospital Radio is proud to support local group “The Kevin Walker Band” with their charity album “Biding My Time.

Biding My Time - The Kevin Walker Band

Biding My Time – The Kevin Walker Band

The album is due for release later in July 2013, and is in aid of Cancer Research UK and The Macmillan Trust. The album is called ‘Biding my Time’. It will be available on iTunes and other online outlets.

We hope to be featuring an interview with Kevin on Southend Hospital Radio shortly. Kevin tells us more here:

“We are trying to raise over £100,000 over the next five years and will be traveling all over the UK. Before we do that we will be playing a big concert at The Towngate Theatre, Basildon on SATURDAY 10th AUGUST at 7.30PM. Tickets are priced at £7.50 Once again in aid of the two charities mentioned, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to them.

You can book tickets at from the box office direct by calling 01268 465 465, you can also book online by logging into The Towngate Website and looking under the ‘What’s on’ section.”

For a preview of the album, please see the following YouTube clip:


 

For more, check out the Kevin Walker Band’s Facebook page here: http://facebook.com/Bidingmytimeuk

 

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