About HBSA Hospital Radio
HBSA was formally opened in 1980, and from its first programmes – which were pre-recorded on an old disco unit – the service has progressed to a vibrant charity serving patients in Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock.
Since it's beginning HBSA previously served two Hospitals in Irvine, Ravenspark Hospital and Ayrshire Central Hospital.
In the winter of 1994, HBSA had a major refit of the main studio thanks to a grant from the ITV telethon trust. This had a great effect on the station, enabling it to provide better programming and entertainment for the patients of North Ayrshire and Arran NHS trust. In 1995, the refit paid dividends as HBSA received the Scottish Region award in the BT Hospital Radio Awards Scheme.
In 2007, HBSA Hospital Radio were awarded over £12,000 from NHS Ayrshire and Arran Staff Lottery to refurbish their broadcast studios.
HBSA broadcasts digitally on Patientline 24 hours a day, with a dedicated jukebox when no presenters are 'live'. The entire service, which is a registered charity in Scotland, is produced by over 30 volunteers.
HBSA works closely with many outside organisations to provide a unique dedicated service to the patients. They would like to thank NHS Ayrshire and Arran for their continued support.