Hospital radio ensures elderly get power back
New scheme to help vulnerable people during power cuts
A HOSPITAL radio station and an energy company have teamed up to help vulnerable people in Ashford during power cuts.
Ashford Hospital Broadcasting Service (AHBS) is helping EDF Energy draw up a register to help it support frail and elderly people who have electrical medical equipment in their homes.
It is called the Priority Services Register and means that when power is lost, the most vulnerable are given priority by EDF staff.
Employees from the company have worked with broadcasters at the William Harvey Hospital to produce a jingle telling patients about the service.
The recording is now available for other hospital radio stations to use.
EDF Energy also donated £250 to AHBS, which is run by volunteers and relies on donations.
Daniel Jones, chairman of AHBS, thanked the company for its donation.
He said: “We all take electricity for granted but if you rely on it to keep medical devices working it is essential.
“Then it is very frightening should there be a power cut.
“We can reach exactly the kind of people this scheme can help.”
To join the register, call 01473 266524, e-mail your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Priority Services, EDF Energy Networks, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 8AA.
Daniel Jones, from Ashford Hospital Broadcasting Service, with Glen Pearce and Matt Rudling from EDF Energy Networks, in the radio studio at the William Harvey Hospital