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Celebrating George Lansbury And The NHS

           Nancy Whiskin looks after the volunteers for the Barts group of hospitals but she is also the great, great granddaughter of George Lansbury. He was a social reformer and politician who served the east London Community in the first half of the 1900s. He championed social and health care for the poor and was the first proposer of a national health service. We talked to

Whipps Cross War Hospital By Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes narrates the story of the role the Hospital played treating wounded troops during the First World War. The Hospital, which was built in 1903 as a Poor Law institution, treated some 6,000 injured World War 1 soldiers during the four years of the conflict. After a visit by King George V and Queen Mary in 1917 the name was changed from West Ham Union Infirmary to Whipps Cross and

Army Reservists An Interview By Vince Burke

Just around the corner from Whipps Cross is the Army Reservists centre of 68 Signal Squadron. Previously known as ‘Territorials’ the Reservists provide a back-up force of fully-trained and highly skilled men and women for times of emergency. They also support local government, the emergency services and major public events such as the London Olympics. As Vince Burke found out when he went along, the recruitment doors are open. Click

Lee Valley Park Countryside Live

Every year Lea Valley Park holds a Countryside Live event with all sorts of rural skills on display. There are plenty of animals from ferrets to birds to dancing sheep (!) as well as displays from experts in country crafts. We sent Vince Burke along on a rather blustery afternoon to get a flavour of it. In the education tent he met Karen Wheeler from the park authority who explained

Artist Shirley Cullum Talks About Her Work

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio Ward Visitor, Shirley Cullum, tells us all about her work as an artist. Click HERE to listen to the Shirley Cullum interview  

Sunday Sports Meets Barry Hearn

Whipps Cross Radio sports presenter David Morrow went to meet local sports supremo Barry Hearn at his Essex home. David talked to him about his childhood, business successes and, of course, Leyton Orient. No longer involved in the club, Barry still has a great story to tell and firm views on its future. To find out what he really paid for the club back in 1995 and to hear this

100 Years of Whipps Cross Hospital

    The West Ham Infirmary was built in 1902 and much of that original building makes up the present site. But in November 1917, after a visit by King George V and Queen Mary, the infirmary was renamed Whipps Cross War Hospital. The ‘War‘ was soon dropped after the end of the First World War during which it was used to treat the wounded. November 2017 marked the centenary

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio Magazine

The 23rd edition of our patient magazine can be viewed online by clicking on the image above. It is full of interesting articles about the station and Whipps Cross Hospital as well as about the local area. Taking pride of place on the cover is actor Daniel Mays (a Leyton Orient supporter) and you can also read about the old days of the NHS, Winston Churchill and Harry Beck (designer

WXHR Main Corridor Notice Board

  We now have a new clear, concise and informative notice board in the main corridor of the hospital Have a look when you next pass by……….    

Sunday Afternoon Presenter Rings A Bell

  Showtime presenter, Terry Warren, is a dab hand with the bells and rings every week at Christ Church, Wanstead, E11. It’s hugely different from playing Gene Kelly on his programme but just as satisfying. Campanology, the proper name for church bell ringing, is also known amongst ringers as ‘The Exercise.’ It certainly does exercise both brain and body though may not be suitable for ex-patients at Whipps Cross. A

Ward Visitors Required – Can You Help ?

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio is looking for ward visitors.   We need volunteers to join our evening teams, to meet and chat with patients, collect requests and help with live shows.  This would probably suit more mature people with a couple of hours to spare once a week. It’s a lot of fun and patients really enjoy chatting and hearing their favourite music.   So if you enjoy meeting people

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio Wins Gold

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio won another Gold award in 2015 at the annual HBA  Awards. The entry was a promotion for the station using voices of patients from around the wards. The music track was recorded by production company S2Blue and was originally used in the 1960s for pirate ship Radio London and was commonly known as ‘Big Lil’. It uses a device called a Sonovox to create an electronic

WXHR Popular For Patient Entertainment

Listening figures from Hospedia, who provide the bedside consoles, show that the station is the favourite choice at Whipps Cross and is one of the favourite hospital stations in the UK. Station Chairman, Mike Jones, commented that it was an enormous achievement and reflected the efforts of the volunteers to focus the programmes on patients and provide a service tailored to their needs. “To achieve the numbers when the stations

Mike Jones 40 Years And Still Counting

  Presenter and chairman, Mike Jones,  has marked 40 years on-air at Whipps Cross. He is the longest-serving member to have broadcast almost every week throughout the four decades. He cannot quite match Tony Blackburn’s 50 years behind a microphone, but then Mike is a volunteer.   When he started in 1974 there were no CDs or iPods, only scratched 45s, crackly albums and wobbly cassettes. It was a different

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