Glasgow MSP Visits Local Hospital Radio Station
Updated: Aug 18
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The MSP for Glasgow Region Pam Duncan-Glancy has paid visit to Glasgow's Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS), which aims to provide a therapeutic radio service to local hospital patients.
The award-winning broadcasting service provides nightly request shows to patients in Glasgow and Paisley, as well as a wide range of specials music, information programmes and other engaging activities.
"As a kid I had to lie flat for six weeks in hospital," posted the Scottish Labour politician on her social media after the visit. "They wheeled my bed into the studio, soo I didn't miss the request night. Hospital radio gets people through and the service in Glasgow is amazing."
The Chairman of HBS, Niall Anderson said:
It was really encouraging for Pam to show such a keen interest in the work of the volunteers here at HBS. We've had many politicians from across the political spectrum take part in our programmes from the very first day we went on-air, so it was wonderful to keep on this tradition with Pam's visit.
During her visit, the MSP also had an opportunity to meet up with the station's volunteer presenters Emily Page and Lauren Marsh.
Emily Page, who won a Silver Award for Best Newcomer at the recent National Hospital Radio Awards 2023, said:
It was such a pleasure to meet Pam Duncan-Glancy on her visit to HBS. Hearing how big a role hospital radio played in her youth was particularly inspiring. I really appreciated how attentive Pam's questions were and how genuinely interested she was in what we had to say.
Lauren Marsh, who has been with the radio service for 11 years said about the visit:
When Pam arrived, we all sat down to have a chat about our Radio, discussing the history of the station and all our different roles. After that, we all went in to the studio and I interviewed Pam about her time as an MSP and about her work on accessibility for disabled people. Pam was very polite and we were both very happy with the interview.
MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy has also raised a motion in the parliament, congratulating the hospital services for its success at the National Hospital Radio Awards, where HBS added two more awards to their total collection of 13 national awards.
In her motion, she said "these awards are a testimony to HBS and its volunteers' and broadcasters' dedicated services to hospital patients across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde."
HBS has been operating since Christmas day 1970 and is set to celebrate 53 years this year. The radio's award-winning programmes are broadcast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can be accessed through the station's website.