Thursday, 23 February 2017

Michelle Lake @MissionNutriti_ and Becky Alexander @thelocalfoodie join us to discuss healthy packed lunches

This afternoon we were joined by Becky Alexander and Michelle Lake to discuss their new book, Packed, a guide with healthy hacks and recipes to ensure that your packed lunch is never boring again.

Becky, the food columnist for the Herts Advertiser and the Welwyn and Hatfield Times, and Michelle, a registered nutritionist, teamed up to provide adults with healthy and tasty options for their packed lunch, after years of commuting into London. The aim is to stop people from eating the same thing every day and to eat well at the same time.

For more information about Packed click here and to read Becky's food blog head to

Missed the show? Catch up online at and navigate to Thursday at 5:30pm.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The Drivetime Session with @Hidden_Jules

Drivetime regulars Hidden Jules were back in the studio and stunned us once again. The duo are launching their second album 'Spirits In My Wine' at the Horn in St Albans this Sunday 26th February. Jon and Julie played a promo of two of the album's songs 'Let Love Go' and 'Fall from Grace' for Radio Verulam listeners. 

If you act quickly you can catch Hidden Jules playing a couple of tracks in person tonight, the 22nd February, at 8.30pm for the Hare and Hound's open mic night. 

As usual a recording of the performance has been posted on the West Herts Drivetime Facebook page. Or if you'd rather listen to the show again then you can visit

Also make sure to check out Hidden Jule's Facebook page for all their latest updates.

Friday, 17 February 2017

The Radio Verulam Film Guide: Friday 17th February 2017

hullo, it is chris here agin, and deffo not Simon. chris, errrrm, i mean, i, have not been hear for a wile because i am a stoopid bum bum head with a big nose and tiny mouth and a big nose and silly teef. now Simon, there is a handsom hunk of meat. he is so cool, and so good with the laidees. AM I RITE? i wish i were like him he is my hero i fink i cud learn a lot from him cause i am a stoopid head and he deffo isn't. this is deffo stoopid chris, by the way, not hunky Simon.

Ok, that was a lie, but Simon was in the studio to talk about the UK box office, new releases in the cinema, and his pick of films on TV for the coming week.

Shaun of the Dead
9.00pm – 11.00pm

6.40pm – 9.00pm

1.55pm – 4.30pm
Channel 5 

Life, Animated
9.00pm – 10.25pm

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
11.10pm – 2.10am

From Dusk till Dawn
11.10pm – 1.20am

Safe House
10.50pm – 1.05am

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Coming up on next week's Drivetime show: @OVO_Theatre @heavensacupcake @Hidden_Jules_ @thelocalfoodie & @MissionNutriti_

On next week's Drivetime show we will be joined by David Widdowson from OVO on Monday. On Tuesday we will be joined by Lucy Clark who is our cupcake correspondent. The Drivetime Sessions on Wednesday will feature Hidden Jules who are an original acoustic duo and will be performing live. On Thursday we will be joined by Becky Alexander a food writer & Michelle Lake a nutritional therapist.

Hope you can join Danny and the team weekdays from 4pm - 7pm on 92.6FM Radio Verulam - THE radio station for St Albans.

The NHS - For better or worse?

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

·        Is the NHS improving or getting worse?
·        YCYF – FEB 28
·        Surgery online systems
·        Did not attend

1. The NHS: for better for worse! – it’s a supply and demand issue; the NHS has increased supply, but we as patients have significantly increased demand!

Supply: Watford General Hospital has significantly increased its staff
·     580 new nurses and midwives since SEP 2015;
·     43 new consultant grade doctors (net, up 10%) since SEP 2015
·     Virtually zero consultant vacancies.

Demand: partly down to people living longer, partly to population increase. But also down to people going to A&E who should be going to pharmacies, GPs or Minor Injuries. NB Urgent Care now on reduced hours due to lack of demand!

But the critical issue – what is NHS doing to fix it?

2. Feb 28 Meeting – Roundwood Park School
Sustainability and Transformation Plans should be the way forward; but they have opened pandora’s box! The 44 plans around the country require £9.5bn of investment to generate £26bn in savings by 2020/21. In Hertfordshire we’re looking for over £600m. Demand £9.5bn – available, around £1.6bn! The annual capital budget should have been £4.5bn but almost £3bn has been assigned to cover immediate needs!

So come along on FEB 28 and hear how the plans are likely to evolve!

3. Book, View and Renew
Do you use Your Surgery’s online system to book appointments, order prescriptions, or see your records? It’s easy and fast to use and so convenient. On average in our area 21% of patients use the system – more than in other areas (Watford – 11%, Hemel – 17%, and Potters Bar – 19%) but still very low. In St Albans/ Harpenden the best surgery has 48% and the worst is on zero!

4. Surgery “DNAs”

DNA = did not attend; at the Maltings last week our DNA rate was 4.5% but it varies between over 5 and under 3! Some surgeries are way over 10%.  So whatever you do, Don't be a DNA!