Borders Hospital Radio celebrates 25th birthday

Colin Taylor and Karen Nairn prepare for the hospital 's 20th anniversary broadcast.
Colin Taylor and Karen Nairn prepare for the hospital 's 20th anniversary broadcast.

Borders Hospital Radio celebrates its 25th birthday next week and is keen for former broadcasters to join them in celebrating.

Anyone who has been involved in Borders Hospital Radio is invited into their Borders General Hospital studio from 9am-9pm on Tuesday, October 1.

“We are broadcasting all that time from the foot of the stairs going to the wards,” explained volunteer Colin Paterson,

“Borders Hospital Radio Service has been broadcasting from the Borders General Hospital since October 1988. Our purpose is to provide a radio service to patients, visitors and staff within the hospital and help contribute to a more positive atmosphere.

“There has been a lot of research which suggests music can ease stress, lift your mood and even aid in the recovery of patients. While we don’t claim to rival modern medicine we aim to make the duration of a patient’s stay as enjoyable as it can be by keeping spirits up.

“We are a non-profit organisation that is run by a small number of volunteers who give their time and skills to broadcast nightly between the hours of 7pm and 10pm. Patients can request the music they want to hear or visitors can dedicate songs to their loved ones.

Anyone interested in getting involved or would like to make a request call 01896 756077.