Funding pulled at Glasgow radio station

Southern Sound, a hospital radio station in Glasgow, is fighting for survival after being told there is no room for it at the hospital.

The station has been based at the Southern General for 20 years (and on-air for 40) but has to move before the hospital is demolished and a new £842 million hospital opens. The local NHS Board says they are no longer willing to finance the service, saying there’s no need for hospital radio in the new hospital which has individual patient entertainment.

Volunteers are looking to raise £30,000 to move the studios and rent a new base.

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde told the Evening Times: “When the new South Glasgow Hospital opens later this year, every single en-suite room will have an individual patient entertainment system with dedicated free access to Freeview channels and digital radio.

“The length of time a patient stays in hospital is reducing and most bring their own personal phones, iPads and iPods to listen to their own choices of music.
“Our view therefore is that the historical visit by a volunteer for personal requests is less viable given these changes and the array of TV and radio choices which will be offered by our new entertainment systems.

“Until now NHSGGC has provided Southern Sound Radio with free accommodation, heating, lighting, power and maintenance costs. However, in November our board agreed that in light of these factors it was not appropriate to spend further public monies on funding the relocation and continued running costs for Southern Sound off site.”

“We are hugely appreciative of the service that Southern Sound has delivered over the years and a special reception is planned to recognise this.”

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