Singing for Breathing is aimed at patients who experience breathlessness, particularly those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and heart problems. The workshops are run by the physiotherapy service at the hospital, and supplement existing support provided to patients. Those who attend are given coaching and a better understanding of breath control by singing in a group setting.
Participants are expertly guided and conducted by Dr Una May Olomolaiye, and the attendees have seen great results, so much so that staff at the hospital are encouraging even more people to come along.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Nurse specialist, Ruth Knowles said: "Our patients have said they have felt a sense of achievement after getting involved with these classes. Singing has a real positive effect on our patient’s wellbeing.”
“We would like to see more people join us for these classes. You will be surprised by what you can do with a little help!”
Patients who have been attending the fortnightly workshops have noted improvements in their breathing. Roy Cooper said: ”My wife persuaded me to go to the classes but it is brilliant. You know when you have been because my breathing is so much better and it is great to get support from professionals at the workshops.”
The fortnightly workshops take place in the hospital chapel and are held between 12 noon and 1:30pm.
You do not need to book in advance but, if you would like more information please contact Karen Hennessy (COPD Nurse Specialist) on 024 7615 3725. For directions to the chapel, just ask at the reception.
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