At the heart of our broadcasting operation.
From our purpose-built studios on the roof of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield we broadcast a year-round schedule based around music, chat, sport and news.
Studio Team volunteers get involved in presenting, production, roadshows, technical, engineering, and all the other roles that are essential to ensuring that our output is of the highest quality, every day of the year.
Spending quality face to face time with patients.
40% of patients across Sheffield never receive any visitors during their stay, so we have ur Patient Team. This dedicated group of volunteers travel the length, breadth, and in terms of the Hallamshire, height of Sheffield hospitals to visit every patients over the course of the week.
Volunteers spend valuable time with everyone, not only collecting song requests, but also talking, about everything and anything. If you find yourself unlucky enough to be in hospital, then look out for our volunteers, you can’t miss them in their bright yellow t-shirts!
Committee and Trustees
A bit of history…
Sheffield’s hospital radio service started in 1976 when a few volunteers started broadcasting from a small room at the Northern General Hospital, just off what is now the Vickers corridor. The joke at the time was that the studio was so small records had to be brought in one at a time!!
Into the hills
In 1979 a derelict hayloft at Lodge Moor Hospital was made available by the Health Authority. This was stripped, renovated and refitted by the volunteer members of Northern Radio in their own time, to give the station a reception, technical room, broadcast studio, record library, office and kitchen. With the start of the Lodge Moor service, Northern Radio served 7 hospitals.
In 1982, seeing that the needs of the Childrens hospital were different to the other hospitals that we served, several members of Northern Radio moved on to set up Crystal Radio , based at the Childrens Hospital. Crystal’s aim was to provide programmes more suited to children than Northern Radio was able provide at the time.
In the late 1980’s sweeping hospital rationalisations started, with King Edwards being closed quickly and Nether Edge being wound down. Lodge Moor hospital was also marked for closure, and Northern Radio again started to search for a new home. After several false starts, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital offered a former store room at the top of the hospital. This was refurbished by the hospital in early 1998 and then equipped by Northern Radio, to give a reception, record library and main studio.
With the move to the new premises, Northern Radio decided to change it’s name to reflect it’s city-wide service, to become Hospital Broadcasting Sheffield.
30 years of HBS
In 2006, we celebrated 30 years of broadcasting. To celebrate the landmark a number of events took place in September, including a marathon 30-hour live broadcast, a football match against a team from Hallam FM, and a roadshow in Sheffield city centre. There was also a reunion of past and present members at the Rutland hotel, and a special link-up programme with BBC Radio Sheffield, presented by Rony Robinson and broadcast from our studios.
Today, HBS reaches more patients than ever before through bedside units provided by Hospedia, and using automation technology we are able to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while still maintaining our reputation for quality programming.