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Singing for Breathing Christmas Carols

Singing for Breathing, the innovative free singing classes organised by George Eliot Hospital for patients, has announced their first dates for 2019.

These fun, popular sessions are organised by the Physiotherapy and Respiratory teams at the hospital and continue to make a real difference to the lives of local people in an enjoyable way.

Dates for January include 16th and 30th January in the Chapel between 12 noon and 1.30pm.

“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.

Many of the group members have good friends through the workshops which are really making a difference to their lives.

COPD Clinical Nurse Specialist,Karen Hennessy said: “Our Singing for Breathing Group has gone from strength to strength over the last 4 years.

“Patients who attend say it helps them control their breathing better and gives them more confidence socially. It is a very friendly group that helps improve both health and wellbeing.”

Recently, the group entertained visitors to the hospital by singing Christmas Carols in the main reception.

Further sessions for the first half of 2019 are listed below:

  • Feb 13th, 27th
  • March 13th, 27th
  • April 10th, 24th
  • May 8th, 22nd
  • June 5th, 19th
  • July 3rd, 17th

If you would like more information please contact the Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialists on 024 7615 3725.

All of the classes are held in the chapel which is located on the ground floor of the hospital near the Radiology and Blood Test departments. Just follow the signs.

Singing for Breathing web page

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