Kids broadcast over Roch Valley hospital radio at Pennine Acute Trust

children from pike fold
Kids broadcast over Roch Valley hospital radio at Pennine Acute Trust
14 February 2017

CHILDREN from Pike Fold Community Primary School near North Manchester General Hospital will be broadcasting over Roch Valley hospital radio on Wednesday 15 February.

Pupils will participate and work with Pennine Acute and Roch Valley Hospital Radio (which is based in Fairfield General Hospital, Bury) volunteers and broadcast the first children’s live radio show at the Trust.

This work is part of the Trust’s Children’s and Young Person’s Experience Committee and its partnership with local schools.

This is an on-going project with the school and follows on from a day in February 2015 when local children were invited in to speak to the Trust’s executive management team and feedback about what improvements and facilities were needed in the children’s wards at Pennine Acute’s hospitals.

The children thought that it would be a great idea to have a children’s radio broadcast, designed by children, for children to listen to whilst they are in hospital.

Staff and patients will be invited to switch on and tune into the hospital radio via the Hospedia bedside radio channels. The public will be able to download the Roch Valley Radio App onto their tablet or phone device or listen live via the website

The Live broadcast will be held on 15 February, 1pm -3pm. This will include music, live discussions, interviews, fun facts and quizzes. The Trust is encouraging everyone from patients, visitors, staff and the public to tune in and listen.

A key item in the broadcast will be when the children interview Dr Shona McCallum, Medical Director at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital.

Joanne McAllister, Volunteer Service Manager at the Trust said:

“We are proud and excited to be working in collaboration with Pike Fold Community Primary School; their vision, drive and determination to improve children’s services at our hospitals has enabled us to support their ideas and make this work happen.”

Dr Suzanne Smith, Assistant Director of Nursing at the Trust added:

“We are really looking forward to listening to this unique radio show designed and delivered by children at Pike Fold School. It shows a growing collaboration with the Trust’s hospitals which is yielding some exciting and refreshing initiatives. The importance of engaging and participating with children and young people as part of our quality improvement and experience agenda cannot be overstated and the process of doing so is educational, informative and fun!”

The children at school have taken up the challenge of planning and putting together their broadcast for children’s radio following workshops with Joanne and the team from the Trust. Some of the children’s exciting ideas include:

  • messages to tell you that you’re ok
  • shout outs and phone ins
  • feel good music
  • funny catch phrases
  • good local news
  • dedications from family and friends
  • music requests
  • interview with Dr Shona McCallum, Medical Director at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital

The day at the station will consist of a studio tour and explanation of some of the equipment that Roch Valley Radio presenters use, a planning session of what the young people want to happen on the radio, setting up the radio system with the content that’s going to be broadcast and lunch followed by a tutorial in the LIVE studio and then the two hour radio show.

Pictured: Children from Pike Fold Community Primary School in Children’s Outpatients at North Manchester General Hospital

Alternative image: Available on request on 15 Feb after 12.30pm