St Bernard's Hospital radio a boon for patients

A group of volunteers has created a medium whereby in-patients in St Bernard?s Hospital can now listen to goodwill messages from family and friends with music requests, religious services, local news and other forms of entertainment from the existing patient entertainment system at the hospital.

The Radio will stream recordings from other hospitals in the UK and will record local content for streaming to hospitals in the UK.

"This medium will enable our own patients receiving treatment in UK hospitals to receive messages from their families in Gibraltar while at the same time promoting Gibraltar across the UK. Mr Paul Jennett, who has been involved for many years in providing entertainment at discos and parties, developed this idea after moving to Gibraltar with his family," says the GHA.

Said Mr Jennett: ?I decided to think of a way so that patients away from Gibraltar would not feel so lonely missing their family and friends. A hospital radio station was the answer. Because people in the UK pride themselves in their hospital radios this would no doubt be a good medium to get messages from family and friends to Gibraltar patients in the UK seeking treatment. Our motto is Treating Patients with Good Radio, let?s hope we do just that.?

The radio station will be running 24hrs a day, with a play out system when presenters are not available and a call is being made for volunteers to assist in the station.

The Minister for Health, Mrs Yvette Del Agua, in welcoming this initiative, said: ?Across the world, volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to form part of the healthcare team, working with patients and staff to enhance the quality of care. We are lucky that in Gibraltar we have so many individuals willing to give up their time to assist others in less fortunate circumstances?.

? A web site has been created so assist the station with requests from the community