Tributes to long-serving hospital radio chairman
TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who was involved in producing hospital radio for Bristol patients for more than 50 years.
Robert Iain Elliott, who was chairman of Bristol Hospital Broadcasting Service for more than 30 years passed away over the weekend.
The charity has been broadcasting to patients in Bristol's hospitals since 1952 and Mr Elliott was involved from 1963 after leaving Cotham School and getting his first job as a laboratory technician at Bristol University.
After becoming involved he begged and borrowed electronic equipment to build the broadcast studio and was chairman of Bristol Hospital from 1981. He also raised thousands of pounds for the service, through fundraising events and requests.
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After his retirement in 2007 Mr Elliott continued to spend Wednesday nights as station manager at the broadcasting services' Bristol Royal Infirmary base.
He also created training programmes for new recruits.
A spokeswoman for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the city centre hospitals, said: "We would like to pay tribute to Iain Elliott who as a volunteer dedicated so much of his life to the Bristol Hospital Broadcasting Service – thought to be the longest continuously broadcasting station of its kind in the world. During his many years of service, Iain will have entertained countless numbers of patients and made their stay in hospital more enjoyable. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Simon Wood, director of facilities at North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Frenchay and Southmead, said: "On behalf of North Bristol NHS Trust I would like to offer sincere condolences to Mr Elliott's family and friends at this very sad time.
"Being in hospital is never fun and listening to the shows from Bristol Hospital Broadcasting Service would undoubtedly have cheered up many thousands of patients at Frenchay and Southmead over the years."