Ward Radio Project
Make a donation to Sponsor A Radio
Your Name / Company is added to the sticker wrap of the radio.
We distribute to the wards for patients to listen.
Ward Radio Project Background.
We developed a solution to restore patient entertainment to the wards of Queen’s Hospital, Romford, testing ideas since 2019 to re-utilise the dormant network cabling from the defunct ex-pre-pay TV entertainment system network.
Working with local companies EduNet, GSS and BHR Hospitals, we have created the ‘Hospital Radio Network‘, Installing our own IT infrastructure reusing the former TV system cabling. Starting with a live test at Queen’s Hospital in June 2022 coinciding with the HM The Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations & Bedrock Radio’s 20th Birthday.
Our ‘Ward Radios’ are free to use, allowing patients to receive free radio entertainment from Bedrock Radio, distracting them from their stay in hospital through our range of hospital radio stations offered. It also allows staff to keep updates with our regular news and information. Making the hospital day just that little bit brighter.
While the hospital has free & premium public NHS WiFi options (which Bedrock Radio is available on), this is limited to patients who have their own smartphones or tablets with them during their stay – this is known as a bring your own device (BYOD) system.
Where as the Bedrock Radio, Ward Radios system supplies radio units (sponsored by you) to the wards, for all patients to enjoy and is free to use, without the need to BYOD.
Our system goes further than old TV network did, by extending into wards that have never received patient entertainment before, helping more patients during their stay.
The trial has been very successful; We need your help to fund more radio’s as the wards are demanding more!
How Radio Sponsorship Works
How The Sponsorship Works.
Decide how many Ward Radio Units you want to sponsor (see project in numbers section for current device costs) complete the form below & Bedrock Radio will begin the order precess.
We will work with you to confirm the artwork that get’s added to the radio’s you sponsor This will last for a period of 3 years!
When we take delivery, we need to set up the radio, and add instructions labels and your sponsorship artwork!
Bedrock Radio will then distribute your newly sponsored Ward Radio Units onto the wards of Queen’s Hospital.
We will set the radio in a prominent location to ensure patients, staff and guests are listening straight away, and can see who’s supported the radio.
Then check the Bedrock Radio website, our contributors will be listed online.
Our Ward Radio Units tune into all Hospital Radio services from Bedrock Radio:
The Project In Numbers.
The Ward Radio Units will be available across 24 wards, the average ward services 30 patients, across 12 rooms, six of these rooms are shared occupancy of 4 patients per room, with the remaining being single occupancy side rooms.
Maximum coverage would require 12 units per ward .
Bedrock Radio have an initial a target to provide at least six ward radio units per ward
That requires 150 units, shared across the entire hospital.
Current Cost Per Ward Radio Unit:
Bedrock Radio’s Target Coverage:
- £11,250 – For 150 Ward Radio Units shared across 24 wards
Bedrock Radio’s Maximum Coverage:
- £21,750 For 298 Ward Radio Units (1 per room) across 24 wars.
Please register your details below if you would like to sponsor any of our Ward Radios.
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We’re a small independent charity, registered with the Charity Commission No: 1180476.
Bedrock is run entirely by volunteers from across the local area, nobody (including Trustees) is paid, everyone gives a few hours a week to running the radio station. We are truly non-profit in our operations.
We provide two core radio services:
Bedrock Radio – Pop music from 80s to Today.
Bedrock Gold – Classic Hits from 50s to 80s
Our Hospital radio system is computerised and the network requires devices that only have WiFi capability.
Bedrock doesn’t broadcast on traditional mediums (FM / AM / DAB). Our services are streamed to the wards and online / mobile.
We know there are units with DAB, FM & WiFi, but we have specified WiFi only.
The radios we use are programmed to join our network, having settings applied to only tune into our Hospital Radio services.
As Bedrock doesn’t charge a fee of subscription to use and listen to our ward radios system, which we provide and maintain, we have therefore specified WiFi only devices, that can only tune into us.
If patients want alternative options NHS WiFi is provided.
The minimum term is Three Years.
This commences from the date the radio is deployed onto the wards.
£75 over 3 years works out to £25 a year, per radio.
(That’s roughly £2 a month, much cheaper than a coffee)
Once the three year period is up, Bedrock Radio are able to re-sponsor the radio, which will help fundraising for our charity to maintain the radio system.
We’re open to discussions for large sponsorship that covers multiple ward radio units,
you could even get an additional 1 year on-air sponsorship for helping fund a ward!
During the initial testing at Queen’s Hospital, 80% of our units are used daily, listening into one of our radio stations (Bedrock Radio being listened to most.)
We have found wards use the radio’s in different ways.
Some wards have the radio’s sitting on the nurses stations for many rooms to hear.
Other wards move the radios into different rooms, as and when patients request entertainment or stimulation.
Our Ward Radio Units have proven to be such a hit, that hospital staff are constantly asking us when they’re getting more radio units.
In September 2022, our radio monitor has found Ward Radios have long listening periods, with some radios listening in for days at a time.