Trust AM Hospital Radio was founded in 1972 and is run completely by volunteers, playing a variety of music, banter and quizzes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new online streaming service, which launched on Sunday 8 December, can be accessed via trustam.com. Patients, visitors and relatives in our hospitals can listen via free hospital WiFi.
Trevor Burton, hospital radio volunteer, said: “This is a really exciting time for the station and I am absolutely delighted we will be able to broadcast online, offering our listeners this free service enabling them to listen to our wide variety of music. On launch day we broadcast live from the main entrance of Bassetlaw Hospital inviting patients, visitors and staff to request a song or make a dedication live on air.”
Hospital radio can play an important role in a patient’s recovery helping to reduce boredom, loneliness and anxiety. The team have 28 volunteers and are based at Bassetlaw Hospital. The new online streaming will enable the station to be much more accessible on mobile and tablet devices and when patients are discharged they can continue to listen at home. Relatives and friends can also call in and request a song dedication for their loved ones in hospital.
Suzy Brain England OBE, Chair of the Board, said: “Trust AM has brought cheer to our patients for our 47 years and this addition will benefit the listeners giving them more choice on how they wish to listen to their music, enabling the station to reach more of our patients than ever before. With people now tuning into radio on a variety of devices this expansion into online broadcasting brings Trust AM right up to date and will keep the listeners informed about local news and our hospitals news and events.”
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