Highland Hospital Radio, which started half a century ago with prerecorded tapes, enters the digital age with the launch of online broadcasting


Life President and Founding Member Donnie Aird, Presenter Atholl Menzies and Thomas Nelson are launching the online service.

A service working to improve the stay of hospitalized patients in Inverness will expand its reach.

Inverness Hospital Radio, run by volunteers, celebrated its 51st anniversary with the launch of the online broadcast.

This will allow the station, based in specially constructed studios at Raigmore Hospital, to reach beyond its traditional listener to other health facilities or those recovering at home.

It will also promote health and wellness with partner agencies to potentially prevent auditors from entering the health system.

Thomas Nelson, President of Inverness Hospital Radio, said: “This has been the result of a lot of hard work by so many of our volunteers and builds on the time and effort of the members who have come and gone over the course. over the past 51 years. years.

“The feedback we received once we were on air was fantastic and the fact that so many people are listening and contacting us has been very warm and rewarding for all of us.

“This, however, is only the beginning and now with the ability to go beyond Raigmore we will look to work with our partners to provide service to many other locations around the NHS Highland area such than hospitals and nursing homes.

“It’s a really exciting time and we can’t wait to get started.”

Honorary Life President Donnie Aird was a founding member of the station with the late Alistair Gardner.

They were first aired with a program pre-recorded on a cassette machine.

It will continue to be available free to patients through the Hospedia system, alongside the new online delivery via InvernessHospitalRadio and also on Smart Speakers and using the Tune In platform.

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