MRI patients offered a new soundtrack, thanks to Hospital Radio Bedford

It's hoped half-hour shows will be a welcome distraction during scans

By Clare Turner
Friday, 11th September 2020, 3:12 pm

Anyone who has had an MRi scan will know how noisy they are, to say the least.

But members of Hospital Radio Bedford (HRB) have come up with a way to distract patients during what can be a very stressful time.

In a campaign organised by long-standing member, Barry Tappenden, HRB has put together a series of half-hour music shows which can be offered to patients during their scans.

Barry Tappenden at the MRI suite

With more than 40 shows recorded, covering a wide range of genres – anything from brass band music to football anthems - patients can now ask hospital staff for a selection of their favourite music to listen to while having their scan.

Barry said: "Having had an MRi scan myself I know what a racket they make. And with all the recording capabilities at HRB member’s fingertips it seemed only right that we provide the MRi suite with an entertaining alternative to the noise of the scanner."

He also praised the efforts of all the members of HRB for their prompt response given that all the recordings were made at home as the station’s hospital-based studios are still in shutdown due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

And not one to rest on his laurels, Barry is already pressing HRB members for a whole new batch of half-hour shows to add to the existing database.

He added: "We’d like to keep the database fresh…and it keeps the members on their toes too.

"We just want to help folk feel a little better and make things a little easier for them when they visit the hospital. After all, it’s what being a member of Hospital Radio Bedford is all about."