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Highland hospital radio which started half a century ago with pre-recorded cassettes steps into digital age with launch of online broadcasting


By Val Sweeney

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Life president and founder member Donnie Aird, presenter Atholl Menzies and Thomas Nelson launch the online service.
Life president and founder member Donnie Aird, presenter Atholl Menzies and Thomas Nelson launch the online service.

A service working to improve the stay of hospital patients in Inverness is set to extend its reach.

Voluntary-run Inverness Hospital Radio has marked its 51st anniversary with the launch of online broadcasting.

It will enable the station, based in purpose-built studios at Raigmore Hospital, to reach beyond its traditional listenership to other healthcare facilities or those recovering at home.

It will also promote health and wellbeing with partner agencies to potentially prevent listeners entering the healthcare system.

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

“The feedback that we received once we were on air was fantastic and to have so many people listen in and get in touch was very warming and rewarding for us all.

“This, though, is just the beginning and now with the ability to reach beyond Raigmore, we will be looking to work with our partners to offer a service to many other locations around the NHS Highland area, such as hospitals and care homes.

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

Honorary life president Donnie Aird was a founder member of the station with the late Alistair Gardner.

They first went on air with a pre-recorded programme on a cassette machine.

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


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