Episode 8: The power of arts on physical and mental wellbeing

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week (Monday 20 to Sunday 26 May), we explore the power that arts can have on physical and mental health.

In episode 8 of More than a Hospital, we go behind the scenes of Royal Brompton and Harefield's arts programme, rb&hArts, as our head of communications, Luke Blair, visits Harefield Hospital to attend ‘singing for breathing’, an initiative that gives patients techniques through vocal exercises and song to help manage their breathing. Largely aimed at patients with respiratory conditions, we meet those who have experienced first-hand the benefits of singing for breathing to their physical and mental wellbeing. We also hear from Rosie Watters who facilitates the sessions.    

Also in the episode, Mary Paterson, head of arts at Royal Brompton and Harefield, shares why a personal story about her mother-in-law’s dementia brought the importance of art in a clinical setting to the forefront of her mind.

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Our new podcast, More than a Hospital, delves into the untold and inspiring stories of the people at the heart of our hospitals. In each episode, host Oli Lewington interviews a guest with a particular connection to Royal Brompton and Harefield, as they share the story that forged it. 

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The transcript for this episode will be available shortly.