The Network was founded in 1952 by Hon. Alderman Mrs Freda Cocks OBE as the Birmingham Hospital Commentaries Association (BHCA). It became the BHBA in 1955 and BHBN in 1972. It adopted the name of Birmingham’s BHBN in 1992, and adopted it’s current broadcast name of BHBN Hospital Radio in 2006
Nationally, hospital radio first started life in York in 1926.
The Network was a pioneer in many aspects of its broadcasting. Time spent in hospital back in the Network’s early days was very different to the present where day case surgery is common.
During the Fifties and Sixties a two-week stay in hospital was more the average for even a routine procedure. This gave the then stations volunteers the opportunity to foster long-term relationships with patients.
SOME BHBN STATISTICS
HOSPITAL LISTENERS EVERY WEEK
DIFFERENT TRACKS PLAYED AS REQUESTS OVER LAST 5YEARS.
PATIENTS CHOICE CHART
The Hospital Broadcasting Association has published it’s “white paper into hospital broadcasting” with contributions from hospital radio stations, staff within hospitals and patients and their families (Click on image to open full report).
The HBA commissioned an independent piece of research into the impact of hospital broadcasting on health outcomes for patients. A UK wide study was completed involving over 250 individuals including patients, staff and hospital radio volunteers.
The study revealed that there was evidence of hospital radio stations having an impact on psychosocial health outcomes in the following ways:
- Boredom reduced by entertainment Loneliness reduced by social interaction
- Anxiousness / frustration reduced by being calming and reassuring
- Disorientation reduced by creating a sense of belonging
- Depersonalisation reduced by making one feel like an individual
- Health and wellbeing awareness increased by providing information
Live Programme Schedule & Presenters
All Other Times – THE BHBN MUSIC SELECTION – Including THE LIGHT LUNCH Weekdays at 1pm; THE ELEVATOR ZONE AT 3pm and; Three Hours of LATE NIGHT LOVE SONG from 11pm