A refurbished studio for Radio Addenbrooke’s was officially re-opened on 24 April 2015 by the then Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird.
Radio Addenbrooke’s boasts two studios, one of which is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust donated £15,000 towards the upgrade which was match-funded by the hospital. Equipment has kindly been donated by Melbourn-based firm, IPE.
The Radio Addenbrooke’s voluntary service has provided patients with friendly, informative programming covering topics within the hospitals and the local community for over 50 years. As well as presenting radio shows, volunteers gather requests for songs during ward visits and this interaction can provide company and distraction for patients.
Radio Addenbrooke’s is a totally free service available to all inpatients through the bedside Hospedia units.
The studio, which is located in the hospital basement, was facing a number of accessibility and operational issues, which meant that it needed updating for volunteers, particularly those using motorised wheelchairs.