The aim of our service is to help relieve the boredom and isolation a period in hospital can cause. Hearing a favourite piece of music, having a chat with one of our ward visitors and laughing along with our presenters provides a pleasant distraction; relieving sickness and infirmity and helping create a sense of well-being. We also assist the community offering our PA services for a reasonable donation, you will find further details on our Fundraising page.
There are over 11,500 volunteers currently working in over 200 hospital radio stations nationally. Collectively we help over 18 million patients in Hospitals throughout the country by providing this totally unique but essential service. To find out more about the way hospital radio benefits patients, take a look at the impact study organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA).
Hospital Radio Lynn was first thought of in 1972, it then took a further 2 years to put together and raise enough money to launch its first programmes on the 17th April 1974. All thanks to H J Mallett & Co who donated the very first studio (a mobile home), funds from the Hospital League of Friends plus a handful of volunteers. Our services soon became very popular with patients of the General Hospital, St James Hospital (where the studio was located), Hardwick Road Hospital and Chatterton House.
Shortly after the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was built, our studio was moved to its grounds in 1980. Again with the generous help of the Hospital League of Friends we were given a brand new portacabin. Following a quick studio install, were broadcasting to the new hospital.
Over the following years our building slowly started to deteriorate and despite several attempts to raise funds for a permanent home, plus an unsuccessful application for a National Lottery Grant, the future of the organisation looked bleak. However, in 1998, we celebrated the success of a second application to the National Lottery, achieving an £84,100.00 grant. With further financial help from the Hospital League of Friends & the Trust our new studio was built and in September 2000 it was officially opened by Mrs Pam Thrower & Dot Richardson who had over the years been great supporters of our organisation.
We have since celebrated 40 years of broadcasting (April 2014) and plan to continue providing patient entertainment for many years to come; with the help of our volunteers and the financial support of the local community.