Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s very own radio station is using the internet to expand its audience and improve its service for patients and loved ones.
Radio Royal has been part of patients’ lives for over 40 years, starting off in the old Falkirk Royal Hospital before moving to FVRH and its purpose-built studio four years ago.
The station has grown considerably over the last couple of years and now has 50 volunteers – around 25 of them presenters – of all ages helping entertain and inform listeners.
Now, thanks to online broadcasting, those listeners will also include people outside the confines of the hospital.
Jim Prentice, Radio Royal chairperson, said: “We took a decision earlier in the year we would like to expand our broadcasting range. We wanted to reach more people and not just patients, staff and visitors.
“It means relatives can put in requests for patients and we can also get important health information out there to more people as well. In the future we hope to have our broadcasts heard in community hospitals in Falkirk, Sauchie, Stirling and Bo’ness and possibly even local GP clinics too.”
The official launch of the online service takes place in the hospital on Thursday, October 22 when many of the volunteers and sponsor organisations who have helped the station grow over the last few years will gather to mark the next stage of Radio Royal’s development.
Visit www.radioroyal.org to listen to the broadcasts.