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Hospital Radio Hillingdon was founded in 1970 by a small team of volunteers, who were apprentices from the local company EMI. The organisation is a Registered Charity - number 264132

The radio station is based at Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge and broadcasts to the Hospital via the Hospedia Bedside System. It is staffed by part-time volunteers and is funded entirely by its own fundraising.
The organisations full name is Hospital Radio Hillingdon.

On-Air in the Hospital the station is known as Radio Hillingdon.
[ NB. the name Hillingdon Hospital Radio is NOT correct and should not be used to refer to the organisation.]

Hospital Radio Hillingdon is a member of the Hospital Broadcasting Association.


Press Release 15/4/2020 (Release: Immediate)

RADIO HILLINGDON SCOOPS 2 ACCOLADES AT THE 2020 NATIONAL HOSPITAL RADIO AWARDS

Radio Hillingdon has won 2 prestigious awards at this year's, National Hospital Radio Awards. The awards were announced online at a virtual ceremony, on Bank Holiday Monday. They were hosted by National Lottery Voice of the Balls, Alan Dedicoat and BBC Radio Presenter, Sean Dunderdale.

Radio Hillingdon won Silver in the Special Event Category, for their Brunel University Volunteers Fair programme and Bronze in the Station Promotion Category, for their How to contact Radio Hillingdon Promo. Judges described it as a beautifully produced piece, which illustrated how people come together to support their community. It was warm and conversational. George Read came highly commended in the Best Male Presenter category.

The awards were originally due to take place in Bolton on the 28th March 2020, but the Hospital Broadcasting Association, which represents hospital, health and wellbeing broadcasters across the UK, took the decision to cancel the ceremony due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking of their win, Steve Hickman, Chairman commented "I am extremely proud of our volunteers at Radio Hillingdon for making these wins possible. Radio Hillingdon is proud to serve the Patients of Hillingdon Hospital. Our aim is to brighten up the stay of the Patients and hopefully take their minds of their illness. These awards are proof of the dedication and hard work of our volunteers".

Hospital radio stations are playing a pivotal role in the current Coronavirus pandemic, with many stations, including Radio Hillingdon, broadcasting remotely with presenters hosting programmes from their own homes. While many patients in hospitals aren’t able to have visitors, hospital radio is always there to be a friend at the bedside, providing entertainment, information and relaying messages from family and friends.

Radio Hillingdon broadcasts to Hillingdon Hospital on Hospedia radio channel 45 at the bedsides. But also via the internet at www.radiohillingdon.com and smart devices via the TuneIn app.

The Hospital Broadcasting Association is celebrating fifty years since its inception in 1970 when it was formed out of the Federation of Yorkshire Tape Recording Clubs as the National Association of Hospital Broadcasting Organisations (NAHBO).

Today, it represents 170 hospital, health and wellbeing stations across the UK and the National Hospital Radio Awards is an annual celebration, recognising some of the incredible talent and diversity amongst volunteers in a number of categories from presenting, speech and innovation.

HBA's President, June Snowden was also presented with a Special Recognition award, acknowledging her long-standing service and contribution to the association and support of hospital, health and wellbeing broadcasting.

Radio Hillingdon are always looking for volunteers to join the team, with roles available both on-air and behind the scenes.

For more details you can visit www.radiohillingdon.com

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Press Release 28/3/2017 (Release: Immediate)

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Radio Hillingdon wins Silver

Hospital Radio Hillingdon, the entertainment service for the Patients of Hillingdon Hospital, won a Silver award on Saturday 25th March 2017 at the National Hospital Radio Awards 2017.

The station which is run entirely by volunteers, won the Silver Award in the “Best Speech Programme” Category. The team entered a 5 minute clip of an interview, where Presenter Jon Herd interviewed Pilot, Neil Jeffers, from London’s Air Ambulance Charity.

The event which is organized by the Hospital Broadcasting Association (H.B.A) was held in a converted church named the Cloisters, at the Holiday Inn, Bolton. Over 200 delegates from Hospital Radio Stations all over the UK attended the glamorous event which comprised of a black tie, 4 course dinner, followed by the Awards Ceremony and a disco until 2:00am. The Ceremony was also attended by BBC National Lotteries “Voice of the Balls”, Mr. Alan Dedicoat, who is a Patron for the H.B.A.

Hospital Radio Hillingdon broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the patients of the Hillingdon Hospital, free via the Hospedia bedside entertainment system, online at www.radiohillingdon.com and via their free Apple and Android APP. They also broadcast to some of the Nursing homes in the Borough. It broadcasts a nightly request show made up of requests collected from the patients, during nightly ward visits made by its volunteers. The station is a registered Charity which is run entirely by volunteers, and relies on donations and the fund-raising efforts of the volunteers to survive. They are always on the lookout for new volunteers to join their team of Ward Visitors, Presenters and Fund-raisers.

Jon Herd, Presenter said, “I would like to thank the H.B.A for this award. It is the first time Radio Hillingdon has won an award in the Best Speech Category. My personal thanks to Neil Jeffers, for the winning interview, and to volunteer Mark Grantham for editing the interview. Great Team work one and all”.

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For further information, please contact - Steve Hickman, Chairman on 07017 026212

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