The following information is courtesy of the Radio Society of Great Britain:
The Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) is delighted to be hosting the launch of the new National Health Service Amateur Radio station GB1NHS at the National Radio Centre, Bletchley Park on Tuesday, May 8. The launch is part of the NHS #EndPJparalysis
campaign which is a 70-day mission to get patients up, dressed and moving while in hospital. The long-term aim of the station is to promote, through the medium of Amateur Radio, NHS initiatives that lead to patients receiving excellent care, faster recovery and living longer healthier lives.
Martyn Baker, G0GMB, who is the RSGB National Radio Centre Coordinator, will deliver the initial transmission of the call sign at 1045 and Radio Amateurs across the world will be able to hear and contact this very special new call sign.
Professor Brian Dolan, creator of #EndPJparalysis said: “The launch of the NHS Amateur Radio Station GB1NHS is really important and ties in well with NHS70 too. I have to give enormous credit to Paul Devlin who has worked tirelessly to bring this idea to fruition, supported by Pete Gordon.”
Paul Devlin, NHS Improvement founder of GB1NHS, commented: “The launch of GB1NHS is a truly historic event for the NHS especially as the station goes live in the year of its 70th birthday. Amateur Radio has never had a greater opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people by becoming part of the NHS and promoting the #EndPJparalysis 70-day Challenge.”
Guests from a number of hospitals, health trusts and other linked organizations will gather to be part of this event, alongside RSGB Board Directors and invited media.
RSGB Board Chair Ian Shepherd, G4EVK, said: “The RSGB is delighted to host this special occasion as part of the NHS #EndPJparalysis initiative. Amateur Radio is a diverse and inclusive hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone and is a great way to help people be part of a community. From using a simple handheld radio at home through to taking part in outdoor, orienteering-style activities, it can make people feel less isolated and encourage them to be more active.”
The launch is the first of a number of projects planned for GB1NHS including a future “Hospitals on the Air” weekend.
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