A message from Jerry…….
My route into Whipps Cross hospital radio didn’t come from a background in broadcasting or even an altruistic approach to voluntary work, but as a patient.
Back in March 2015 I was unexpectedly admitted to Whipps Cross and my stay lasted 18 weeks. During this time I was able to witness the amazing work carried out by the doctors, nurses and support staff.
Throughout the day I would listen to hospital radio and found the variety in music together with the regular features so much more entertaining than commercial radio.
In the evenings my ward was often visited by hospital radio volunteers collecting requests for the evening shows. They were always smiling, stopping to chat to patients and seemed to really enjoy their role.
I could see the positive effect they had on patients, myself included.
It’s easy to select a favourite track on an iPod but when that same track is played especially for you with a mention on the radio, it becomes something quite different, an uplifting experience.
As a patient it drew me away from my hospital bed, made me feel part of the community of hospital radio.
Throughout my long hospital stay I couldn’t wait to get out and become a hospital radio volunteer, and now that I am, it’s my turn to visit the wards, play great music and do my best to brighten up a patient’s stay.