A radio station which entertains the sick is calling for help after a vital piece of equipment was diagnosed with a condition of its own.
Preston Hospital Radio, based at Royal Preston Hospital, Fulwood, is hoping that someone will come to the rescue after its aging mixing desk began to malfunction.
Peter Switzer, chairmann, said: “We are run solely by volunteers and all our fund-raising is done by ourselves.
“Like many voluntary services, we have unfortunately come across a large expense that is way beyond our financial reach at this moment, and that is the main piece of equipment we use to broadcast live which has now got to a point of just not working properly.”
Operational manager Phyllis Prior-Egerton said staff were eager for an engineer to get in touch or for an old desk to be donated. She said: “All of our staff are volunteers who do this in their own time but we’ve had to send a lot of them home.
“We’re hoping that someone will come to the rescue. The desk won’t play CDs and only one of the mics is working.
“We like to be interactive as we find it’s very important to the patients’ recovery – we like to go out on ‘ward walks’ to meet the patients – but we’ve had to cancel most of our shows.”
The station is broadcast to patients across the hospital for free, as well as through its own website and smartphone apps.
Phyllis says the station has had to cut back on its output though.
She added: “We get more than 2,400 listeners online each month and we were planning a show with kids from the children’s ward so their families could listen from home but we’ve had to put this on hold until our dilemma is solved.”
The station can be contacted through its website www.prestonhospitalradio.com