This is Radio Warneford's Patient Page. If you are currently a patient at Warwick Hospital, reading this page from your Premier Bedside Entertainment Unit, you will find quick access to the information most useful to you - how to find us on your entertainment system, how to contact our studios, the programmes you can hear today, how you can join our volunteer membership and any events that are coming up soon.
Radio Warneford is available to MacGregor Ward in stereo - and we have a special MacGregor Ward Request Show every weekday at 8pm.
Our Patient Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to take your calls. So if you want to take part in a competition, phone through a record request or ask for a Radio Warneford Magazine and Programme Guide, pick up the phone and call us free of charge. Outside studio hours, please leave us a message.
To get in touch with us using the Premier Bedside System:-
If you don't have the Premier Bedside System, you can still call us for free on the Patient Line. If you are mobile, go to the Nurses Station and ask if you can call us on the internal telephone system. Then dial extension 4500. If you can't leave your bed, you may be able to ask a nurse to call us on your behalf.
Tuning in to Radio Warneford using the Premier Bedside System is quite straightforward - and it's free! You will need to pull the TV screen down in front of you to be able to follow these instructions.
In the middle, underneath the screen, there is a grey button.
Press this button to turn the screen on.
Press the LISTEN TO FREE RADIO blue button on the screen.
There is an orange bar at the bottom left of the page. This tells you which station you are listening to.
Press CHANNEL DOWN or CHANNEL UP until it says WARNEFORD/HOSPITAL RADIO.
This can also be done on the bar under the screen using the blue button on the right.
If you are reading this page at home, you can download a printable version of these instructions (PDF format - 321Kb).
If you don't have the Premier Bedside System, you can still listen to Radio Warneford using the grey headphones. Switch the dial on the wall to Channel 5.
Radio Warneford will always be free to listen to.
Radio Warneford broadcasts a wide variety of programmes for you and the staff at Warwick Hospital. These feature music, comedy, information, sport, films, cookery, gardening, poetry, short stories and much more.
At present, Radio Warneford is on-air between 7pm and 10pm on Monday to Thursday evenings and between 10.30am and 8.30pm on Sundays.
Our most important programme is the Request Show. Our Ward Visitors go round the hospital each weekday evening and on Sunday mornings and evenings to chat to you and your visitors and to collect requests for the programme later that night. You can make use of the free Request Line to make a request - see above.
Radio Warneford also mounts special broadcasts regularly throughout the year. These range from one-off programmes like the special Request Shows on Mother's Day and Father's Day to a full day of programmes for Bank Holidays. At Christmas, we broadcast around seventy hours of festive programmes over nine or ten days!
Radio Warneford has a special magazine for patients and the 2012 version has just been delivered. One of our Ward Visitors can bring you a copy! It's packed with articles about Radio Warneford and some of the people who work here.
Inside, you can read about the importance of hospital radio, what it's like to be a member of Radio Warneford, which are the Top Ten most requested records and just what is the Hospital Broadcasting Association.
Our Meet The Team feature introduces you to some of our members, including the Secretary and the Communications Manager.
If you would like a free copy of our magazine, please ask one of our Ward Visitors or call us from your bedside unit for free on extension 4500 and we will bring one to you.
Getting involved in hospital radio is easier than you think. Collectively, hospital radio is one of the largest voluntary organisations in the country and Radio Warneford, like all hospital radio stations, relies on a steady influx of new volunteers to keep our service going.
Radio Warneford's members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and a wide age range. You have to be at least 18 years old to join us but there is no upper age limit. We are not looking for DJs. Apart from stations which serve children's hospitals, hospital radio does not play constant pop music. In fact, pop forms only a small part of our programming.
You don't need to have any previous radio experience as we provide full training in both ward visiting and operating the studio.However, it does help if you enjoy listening to music of all types, can work as part of a team and enjoy meeting and talking to people.
Initially, you will be given provisional membership. You will be allocated to a particular evening during your training and you will be expected to attend every week. Full members continue to attend on one evening a week. You may be able to increase your commitment by taking on additional responsibilities like joining the Committee, carrying out administration tasks or other duties. Radio Warneford relies on fund raising events to raise the money we need to continue operating and all members are required to help at these events.
If you are interested in finding out more, click on the links below. You can also call the Patient Line for free on extension 4500 for more information. Please leave a message outside studio hours.
If you are reading this page at home, you can download a copy of our application form from the link below.