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Hospital Radio is back in Stoke… after 14 years!

Hospital Radio is now live at Royal Stoke University Hospital after an absence of 14 years and is the latest addition to Hospital Radio Stafford’s (HRS) portfolio of broadcasting locations.

The station is based at County Hospital in Stafford and broadcasts there as well as Katharine House Hospice in Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospital. It’s a fantastic step forward for the service and now the patients and visitors of Stoke can enjoy the varied and exciting programme of shows on offer, free of charge. 

Thank you to University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and WiFi SPARK for enabling this to happen. 

Listeners can tune in to HRS from their internet enabled device such as mobiles, tablets and laptops, using the Trust’s WiFi. When the user connects to the WiFi network, they will be presented with the Patient Engagement Platform from which they can select to listen to Hospital Radio before logging in to the service.

Instructions on how to listen will be made available shortly. 

Hospitals in Stoke were originally served by North Staffordshire Hospital Broadcast Association, which was one of the first organisations in the country to broadcast to patients, originally broadcasting in 1954 and providing football commentary from Stoke City’s Victoria Ground. In the nineties, the radio station was known as FORward Radio and closed in 2003 having lost their studios with the closure of the City General, having been in existence for nearly 50 years.

Hospital Radio Stafford was formed in November 1971 first broadcasting to St. George’s Hospital in Stafford and has grown and continuously served the main hospitals of Stafford and Cannock.  It is entirely run by volunteers and is always looking for request collectors, engineers, fundraisers and presenters.


For more information about Hospital Radio Stafford, visit www.hrstafford.org.uk.

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Rebecca Duffin is the Marketing Executive for WiFi SPARK and has a direct responsibility with the whole look and feel of the SPARK® brand.

Rebecca has been with the company since January 2012 and comes from a design background of Art, Photography and Digital Applications. Her core design framework rests with Adobe and she is responsible for the management of Sales & Marketing literature, promotional and social media management.

Rebecca is the main communications lead for both internal and external comms and she has a direct responsibility liaising with partners in the first and last stages of project implementation.