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Hospital Radio

The aim of our Hospital Radio Service is to help you while you're with us by providing the sort of entertainment most suitable for your needs and to give you a lift during your stay. Our request programmes remain a firm favourite with hospital patients and we are always happy to play anything that we have in our comprehensive library. 

Hospital Radio Echo - Cumberland Infirmary

Radio Echo has been broadcasting programmes to the Cumberland Infirmary for over 50 years. We started as a service for football fans, by providing live commentary from Carlisle United’s home matches (the late Derek Lacey – who went on to BBC Radio Cumbria - was one of our early presenters). Later on, music programmes were introduced. We try to cater for the tastes of the ‘typical’ patient by providing easy listening rather than the latest chart music.

Radio Echo is on Channel 5 of the Hospedia bedside console, and the service is entirely free.

The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a regular news bulletin on the hour. We broadcast live programmes during the evening and on Sunday afternoons. We will be happy to play any music requested at the earliest opportunity (but this will depend on when a presenter is available). There is always a live programme on a Thursday evening, and one of our members visits the wards during the day to collect requests. Messages can also be left on our answer phone: 01228 814119 (extension 14119 within the hospital), but it may be a day or so before anyone is in the studio to pick them up.

The station is entirely staffed by volunteers, and financed by our own subscriptions and through fundraising or donations. We welcome new volunteers, but they must be over 18 and will have to go through the new procedures for recruitment. Application should be made to We regret that we are not able to provide work experience. Visit our website for more information.

Many of our volunteers have been in hospital themselves and know the value of a friendly voice during such times. Our aim is to be that friend by your bedside.

Hospital Radio Haven - West Cumberland Hospital

Hospital Radio Haven has 12 enthusiastic volunteers and their programmes can be heard every evening from 8pm to 10pm. You will find them on Channel 2 on the handset located on the wall behind your bed but if Hospedia is available on your ward, their programmes are on Channel 6.

Radio Haven's main aim is to help you have a comfortable stay in the West Cumberland Hospital and to play the kind of music that you like to hear. If you would like a request played, look out for one of their request collectors on your ward or telephone the 24-hour request line on 01946 693181 extension 2813. There is also a postbox for requests available on the reception desk in the main foyer.