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Singing for Breathing Autumn 2017

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Free singing workshops for Nuneaton residents with breathing problems 

George Eliot Hospital’s Singing for Breathing group has announced dates for its autumn and winter sessions held in the hospital’s chapel.

The popular group, 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 (REDS) at the hospital, and supplement existing support provided to patients. Those who attend gain a better understanding of breathing 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 hospital staff are encouraging even more people to come along. 

COPD Nurse Specialist, Ruth Knowles said: "Singing has a positive effect on both health and 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 and it is becoming a recognised treatment for breathlessness. George Eliot Hospital has been running Singing for Breathing sessions for two years and was one of the first in the country to introduce the initiative. 

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

  • September 20th
  • October 4th, 18th
  • November 8th, 22nd
  • December 6th, 20th


People don’t 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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