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Welcome to GB1NHS

The UK's National Health Service radio communications station. Operated under licence from the Office of Communications by the NHS Emergency Care Intensive Support Team ECIST.



GB1NHS uses the amateur (ham) radio global communications platform combined with the hospital radio network. The station was founded by Paul Devlin G1SMP from NHS Improvement's Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST). The station was licensed by Ofcom on 5th April 2018. Twitter  YouTube 

The 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.

The idea for the station came about as a result of a conversation between Professor Brian Dolan from Health Service 360Pete Gordon and Paul Devlin from the NHS Emergency Care Intensive Support Team. They wanted to increase focus and boost the social movement for an initiative called end pyjama paralysis. Pete and Brian often say that success comes from putting initiatives into the hands of the many by creating social movements.

Paul introduced the concept of amateur radio and suggested that it could significantly help promote the #EndPJparalysis initiative through holding special events and working alongside hospital radio stations. The link to hospital radio was the brilliant idea of Pete Sipple, licensed radio amateur and Chairman of Southend Hospital Radio Station. Pete and Brian were overwhelmed with the idea and thanks to them GB1NHS is here today.   

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 work of NHS Improvement.

#EndPJparalysis Innovators 

Professor Brian Dolan (originator), Pete GordonAnn-Marie Riley and Tim Gillatt.

Team PJP

GB1NHS transmitted for the first time at 10:45 on Tuesday 8th May 2018 from the Radio Society of Great Britain's National Radio Centre at Bletchley Park. Ian Shepherd G4EVK, RSGB Chairman delivered the initial transmission.

We are extremely grateful for the support of the Steve Thomas General Manager at the RSGB and Martyn Baker NRC Coordinator for agreeing to host our launch event on Tuesday 8th May 2018. 


The launch of GB1NHS is a truly historic event for the NHS especially as the station went live in the year of its 70th birthday.

A special thank you to Pete Sipple M0PSX from Essex Ham for all his advice supporting the launch of GB1NHS.

Thanks also to Pete for recording our interviews for Southend Hospital Radio Station and the Hospital Radio Network. Pete is the Chairman of the station with a passion for combining the benefits of amateur radio and hospital radio. 

GB1NHS #EndPJparalysis logo designed by Sonia Sparkles

Updated July 2019