Welcome to Hospital Radio Hillingdon

We have received money from the Big Lottery Fund
We are a registered Charity no. 264132 run entirely by volunteers. We serve the patients of Hillingdon Hospital, which in case you were wondering is close to Heathrow Airport, London, England. We are a Radio Station in a Hospital. Our aim is to brighten up the stay of the patients, by broadcasting music requests and dedications, national and local news and the best selection of music, 24 hours a day. We play something for everyone of all ages. Our service is broadcast FREE of charge on the Hospedia Bedside Entertainment System on Radio channel 45, and online at radiohillingdon.com so relatives of the patients can listen as well, from the comfort of their favourite Living room armchair.

Radio Hillingdon is not funded by the NHS and all of our day to day running costs are met with funds raised by our volunteers. If you would like to help us please make sure you visit our Fund-raising page or use our web shop further down this page.

Thank you for visiting us and we hope you enjoy exploring our website.
Stephen Hickman, Chairman - Hospital Radio Hillingdon

Volunteer Vacancy - Position: Music Request Collector/Presenter

Radio Hillingdon is currently looking to expand our team of Request Collectors/Presenters. We are looking for caring, patient and empathetic people, to visit the patients in the wards of Hillingdon Hospital. To collect music requests to be played during the Request Show. The volunteer will then need to assist locating the songs in our music library and help present the Request Show. For more information download the Vacancy PDF below.

Download Vacancy PDF document

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We celebrate with Strangers
Bringing happiness to the sick
Sheila, Sarah and Steve last Christmas.

Bringing happiness to the sick

Adjusting my headphones, I pulled the tinsel-covered microphone closer to me. 'Merry Christmas everyone!' I said, knowing those three little words would bring such a smile to the people listening.

As a hospital radio DJ, my role was to bring a bit of festive cheer to the many patients too sick to be at home with their families. It's a tough job because no one wants to be away from their family on Christmas Day. But by chatting and telling jokes on the airwaves, I try to make each of them feel special and cared for.

I've been broadcasting now for the past 18 years, presenting my two-hour show for Hospital Radio Hillingdon along with my best friend Steve Hickman.

The pair of us were just 15 when we started helping as volunteers, doing things like taking requests. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week so it's a lot of work. But Steve and I enjoyed it so much. Then, when I was 16, one of the presenters gave me a chance to get behind the microphone. I loved it and agreed to host a live show on Christmas Day. It soon became a regular feature and now I have my whole day carefully planned around it.

Spreading Joy

I have an early Christmas dinner at home with my parents before dashing to the hospital for 5pm. Then, having donned a bright red sequinned hat with bells on, I visit the wards with other volunteers to collect song requests. "We'll be playing all your favourite Christmas hits so be sure to tune in", I beam. It can be a welcome distraction from the difficult times so many of them are facing. We also hand out bingo cards.

Then, at 7pm, Steve and I go live on the radio, while volunteers, such as Sheila Fredrick who helped out last year, sit on each ward to let us know if anyone calls house on the bingo so we can present the winner with a box of chocolates. With our radio broadcast, the patients at Hillingdon Hospital can forget they're not with their families for a few hours and have a very merry Christmas.

SARAH NEWTON (this article was also published in Woman's Own magazine in Dec 2012)
Top 50
The Radio Hillingdon Top 50 Artist Chart 2013
Frank Sinatra
Elvis Presley
The Beatles

The 50 most requested artists based on all the
requests from the past 12 Months:

01 Frank Sinatra
02 Elvis Presley
03 Beatles
04 Abba
05 Michael Buble
06 Cliff Richard
07 Adele
08 Tom Jones
09 Queen
10 Nat King Cole
11 Rolling Stones
12 Neil Diamond
13 Rod Stewart
14 Dean Martin
15 Matt Monro
16 Glen Miller
17 Bee Gees
18 Jim Reeves
19 Dolly Parton
20 Jonny Cash
21 Foster and Allen
22 Carpenters
23 Luther Vandross
24 Bing Crosby
25 Stevie Wonder
26 Louis Armstrong
27 Elton John
28 Daniel O'Donnell
29 Bonnie Tyler
30 Englebert Humperdinck
31 Bob Marley
32 Robbie Williams
33 Pink Floyd
34 Mozart
35 Michael Jackson
36 Whitney Houston
37 Vera Lynn
38 Celine Dion
39 Fleetwood Mac
40 Roy Orbison
41 Lady Gaga
42 Tina Turner
43 Madness
44 Kenny Rodgers
45 Bon Jovi
46 Bette Midler
47 David Bowie
48 Buddy Holly
49 Patsy Cline
50 Rihanna

Based on requests played on Radio Hillingdon from December 2012 to November 2013.

The Request Show - Mary & Joe
The Request Show
on every evening live from 8:30pm Sunday to Friday - and if you miss it you can listen again the following afternoon at 1:30pm (Saturday at 8:30pm).

Click Here to contact the show.

We are a Charity registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales. Charity Number 264132. You can find out more about our charity status here. Hospital Radio Hillingdon is a member of the Hospital Broadcasting Association.