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2004 Loan Radio Service Ceases

Radio Heatherwood Loan Radio, End Of An Era

The loan radio service was born out of the introduction of the am inductive loop service. Patients were encouraged to bring in their own radio's, but it was never going to help those that didn't.

The loan radio's were well received by those, who found one in their locker.

The service started properly in 1990 and ran until 2004 when circumstances changed and the service was no longer required.

The introduction of the new bedhead system sealed the immediate demise of the loan radio's from the wards.

In the previous November, ward 1 removed all radio's from the ward.

On 28.3.2004 the last recorded sale of a battery to a patient on ward 4. The next two months no batteries were sold and the loan radio's were no longer required.

The removal of the loan radio's also lowered our listener ship as patients coming into the wards were not inclined to use the bedhead terminal above the bed.

The loan radio's were first introduced in 1990 and in 1992 the service really took off. This is documented in the following page for 1992.

Loan Radio Expansion
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The radio offered a simple way to listen without the complication of using a computer. The older generation who were the main patient content on the wards, would rather not bother.

The radio's were stuck in storage until 2010 when they were dismantled, sponsors plaques were removed and the rest of the radio was disposed of.

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Loan Radio Maintenance

The first loan radio's which were added to ward 10 as a trial prior to the full launch in 1990, were installed by the station manager Dave Smith. When the decision was taken to provide radio's as an option and the first batch of radio's were sponsored by Gordon Young and Alan Holder, Gordon took on the task of maintaining the service until his departure in 1995.

The maintenance of the radio's then passed to station engineer PJ Davidson-Smith.

At the height of maintaining the service, anything up to six units would have to have some kind of repair each week.

2004 Year Twenty Eight Story Unfolds

2004 was a very busy year for the station management and as the year unfolded there was much to do and organise

For further information about this year:- Follow the links

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Loan Radio Allocation & Sponsors

The loan radio service started allocating radios in 1990 and this list shows all the sponsors for those radio's.

A total of 358 units were provided, all were sponsored.

Loan Radio Sponsors

In Memory Of Sponsorship

Over 74 units were sponsored in memory of friends and family.A sample below of those with hearts of gold.

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Archive Gems

Just some extra's we found:-

2004 That Was The Year That Was!

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