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Our Story

Prince Bishops Hospital Radio has been broadcasting to the patients, staff and visitors of the hospital community for over 40 years.

Taking pride in providing entertainment, music and news 24 hours a day across the hospitals of South Durham and across the World.

Not only does PBHR provide this much loved service but it brings a community of people together with a common goal. People of all backgrounds are welcomed into a much loved family in our hospitals.

Our Leaders

Craig Robinson

Simon Temby

Dennis Duncan

Lindsay McElhone

Chris Nisbet

David Childs

Ruth Stapleton

Julie Nisbet

Our History

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Our People

We operate primarily out of Bishop Auckland Hospital, but also have a small base at Darlington Memorial Hospital. We ask all new volunteers to spend some time as part of one of our request show teams, regardless of what role they’ll ultimately end up doing. This is because the patient comes first, we are here to entertain the patients and it is important that all of our volunteers understand that. Most volunteers end up making friends and stay as part of the request show teams.

Everyone who works for us is a volunteer. We have no paid staff, which means all of our people want to be with us and they love what they do. Our volunteers range in age and background, but we’re always looking for more people to join our team.

The kind of roles we have available;
  •   Presenter
  •   Request Collector / Ward Visitor
  •   Public Address
  •   Broadcast Assistant (Sound Editing, Library maintenance etc)
  •   Technician (audio)
  •   Technician (IT)
  •   Fund Raising

We are involved in all kinds of activities, such as quiz nights, outside broadcasts and other events in the community which both help to bring in funds to the station, but also keep us active in the local community.

All volunteers need to be processed by CDDFT NHS Trust. This will involve the taking of references, DBS (Police) check, informal interview and an induction.

In the first instance we ask all volunteers to get in touch with us, we will arrange for you to meet us at either Bishop Auckland Hospital or Darlington Memorial Hospital. We will explain what we expect of you as a volunteer and what you can expect from us and the NHS Trust.

If both parties are happy to proceed we will pass your details to CDDFT NHS Trust who will then process your application.Throughout this process we will stay in touch with you to get an idea of what you’d like to do when you start and to make sure everything is progressing smoothly.Once successfully completed, you will be issued with a photographic ID and will be a registered volunteer with PBHR.

All volunteers need to spend some time with the request show team and any volunteer who wishes to become a presenter (and operate the desk) must undergo a training course.
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    Our Commitment

    Charity Status

    As a registered charity in England and Wales we strive to provide a quality entertainment service to the patients, staff and visitors of the hospital community in South Durham. We uphold our constitutional aims and objectives and protect financial assistance donated by members of our community.
    For more information on our charity and charitable aims check out The Charity Commission Database

    Our Community

    The communities in South Durham and Darlington are vital to our service, not only because 650,000 residents use our service as they use the hospitals we serve, but they help raise vital funds to maintain our 24 hour service.