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Innovative 'Singing for Breathing' Autumn Classes announced

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Singing for breathing

Innovative free singing classes organised by George Eliot Hospital are growing from strength to strength. These fun yet practical sessions organised by the Physiotherapy and Respiratory teams at the hospital are making a real change to the lives of local people in an enjoyable way.

“Singing for Breathing” is aimed at patients who experience breathlessness due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and heart problems. The service enhances existing support provided to patients by teaching patients a better understanding of breath control, through the use of the voice in a group setting.  Experienced leader Dr Una May Olomolaiye helps participants learn useful breathing techniques and is another practical way patients can learn to manage their symptoms.

Last week the Autumn schedule of events was announced at an event at the hospital led by members of the group. Many of these have made good friends through the workshops which are really making a difference to their lives.

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 what you can do with a little help!”

Patient, Martin Beresford said: ”This is a fantastic social gathering. I couldn’t sing but I can now. It is nice to socialise with people with similar conditions.”

Martin’s wife Val added: ”There is no pressure attending the group. You just make friends and sing.”

Patient, 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.”

Wednesday fortnightly workshops are held between 12 noon – 1.30pm in the Chapel. The next sessions are listed below:

September 7th, 21st

October, 5th, 19th

November 9th, 23rd

December 7th, 21st

If you would like more information please contact Ruth Knowles (COPD Nurse Specialist) on 024 7615 3725. The classes are held in the chapel on the ground floor of the hospital.

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