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Songs You Shouldn’t Play On Hospital Radio…

Something that most people don’t think about when listening to the Radio, but when adding new music to a Hospital Radio’s automated play-out system – you get to realise how risqué some songs can be perceived when played in the context of a hospital.

Listed below are a few songs which we have come across at Royal Free Radio, and decided that their message might not go down too well within the hospitals we broadcast to!

  • Bye Bye Baby – Bay City Rollers
  • The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve
  • Who Wants To Live Forever – Queen
  • That’s Life – Frank Sinatra
  • The First Cut Is The Deepest – Rod Stewart
  • Heart Skips A Beat – Olly Murs
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  • Girl, You have no Faith in Medicine – The White Stripes
  • She’s gone- Hall and Oates
  • Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
  • Die Another Day – Madonna
  • Prayer for The Dying – Seal
  • Staying Alive – The Bee Gees

Let us know of any songs you feel would fit into this category by contacting us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll add them to the list!

Why We’re Here…

A recent study by the Hospital Broadcasting Association was published into what having a hospital radio station could contribute towards a patient’s time whilst in hospital.

Some interesting points were raised in the study, of which some are relayed below.

In the study, it showed that there was evidence of hospital radio stations having an impact on psychosocial health outcomes in the following ways:

Boredom reduced by entertainment Loneliness reduced by social interaction
Anxiousness / frustration  reduced by being calming and reassuring
Disorientation reduced by creating a sense of belonging
Depersonalisation reduced by making one feel like an individual
Health and wellbeing awareness increased by providing information
Music, and the other activities associated with hospital radio such as request collecting on wards and broadcasting other content, have been found to have a positive impact upon hospital patients. There are also positive impacts identified for the volunteers themselves. For NHS or HSC partners there is evidence that something like hospital radio could generate social value through an improved patient experience.

If hospital radio contributes to an improved patient experience, which reduces the length of stay by one day, the activity of the station is contributing to a £400 per patient saving which is the average cost of an NHS hospital bed per night (Georghiou et al, 2014).

Hospital radio has the potential to increase awareness of health and wellbeing by delivering information and advice in an appropriate and sensitive way. The focus on people’s condition in hospital can be depersonalising. Hospital radio can help people to feel like an individual by focusing on their personality and the music they like.

If you are interested in reading the full report, you can find it here.