The Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS) is one of a few hundred radio stations in the UK providing a therapeutic radio service to hospital patients.
Recognised as one of the top radio stations of its kind, HBS provides nightly request shows to patients in Glasgow and Paisley as well as a wide range of specialist music and information programmes.
More than seventy volunteer members are involved in the running of the radio station in lots of different roles, making sure that patients are visited, requests collected, records found and the music choice played. There are lots of support roles too with engineers, fund-raisers, music librarians and team leaders all playing their part in making HBS a vibrant and much appreciated radio service.
Programmes are broadcast 24 hours a day, though some of this time is by an automated system.
Throughout the year the volunteers work hard not only in the studios making programmes, but out and about recording things going on in the community and taking part in local events which are then broadcast to the patients. We’re also quite often running fund-raising events as we don’t get any statutory funding and need to raise over £15,000 per year. If you see us out collecting, pop some money in our buckets, we’d really appreciate that.
A number of our volunteers have worked as professional broadcasters, but for most it’s just a hobby where they find a real pleasure in giving up their time to entertain patients and provide a positive distraction from the hospital environment.
All the volunteers receive appropriate training for the roles that they are asked to carry out so if you’ve got an interest in helping with any aspect of the radio service we’d love to hear from you.