Hospi­tal ra­dio en­sures el­derly get power back

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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 psr@ed­fen­ergy.com 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

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