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Free singing workshops for local residents with breathing problems

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George Eliot Hospital’s Singing for Breathing group has announced dates for its 2017 sessions based within the hospital’s chapel.

The popular group, recently featured on BBC Midlands Today, is growing from strength to strength and encourages others to join their friendly group.

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 Respiratory Early Discharge Service team 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: "Singing has a positive effect on wellbeing and our patients are proud of their achievements. You don’t need to be able to sing. You will be surprised how good you can sound and how well you feel after just a few of our sessions.”

 “We would like to see more people join us for these classes.”

Patients who have been attending the fortnightly workshops have noted improvements in their breathing.

The fortnightly workshops take place in the hospital chapel and are held between 12 noon and 1:30pm. 2017 dates below:

  • February 1st, 15th
  • March 1st, 15th, 29th
  • April 5th, 26th
  • May 10th, 24th
  • June 7th, 21st
  • July 5th, 19th  


You do not need to book in advance but, if you would like more information please contact Ruth Knowles (COPD Nurse Specialist) on 024 7615 3725. For directions to the chapel, just ask at the reception. Ends

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