Talking News

Patients at Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester can now keep up to date with the local news, thanks to special players donated by Winchester Talking News (WTN).

Wednesday 18 March 2015


Talking NewsVolunteers at WTN select news articles from the Hampshire Chronicle to record onto memory sticks, which are sent to the hospital every Saturday for the patients on the elderly care wards to listen to using a special player.

Rachel Hayden, Dementia Specialist Nurse, said: “The players are mostly used by our elderly patients who struggle to read a newspaper, but who enjoy keeping up to date with the local news. 

“Listening to current news is a great way of stimulating and motivating our patients, especially those with long term conditions and those with dementia, and this can help enhance their recovery.”

John Richards, Chairman of WTN said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this service to the patients at our local hospitals.  Most of our hundred or so regular listeners are blind or visually impaired, although our constitution allows us to provide our service to anyone who finds reading a strain due to health reasons.”

The talking newspaper service is provided to patients by WTN free of charge.  There are players on three wards at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, and the service is also available at Andover War Memorial Hospital.  It is hoped that players will be introduced to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital soon.  All three hospitals are run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

More information about Winchester Talking News can be found on their website