English National Opera Launches ‘ENO Breathe’

English National Opera Launches ‘ENO Breathe’

7th September 2020

Dr Harry Brunjes, Chair of the Premier Medical Group, announced that the company is proud to be a major sponsor to an exciting new initiative. Earlier this month, English National Opera launched ‘ENO Breathe’ with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

What started as a Zoom meeting our four College of Medicine physicians, ended as a new nationwide initiative. Dr Michael Dixon (Chair, College of Medicine) hosted the meeting, Sir Sam Everington (Bromley-by-Bow) highlighted respiratory problems, Professor Ajit Lalvani (Imperial College) facilitated introductions to St Mary’s and Dr Harry Brunjes (Chair, ENO) introduced the concept to the London Coliseum and rest, as they say, is history.

The topic was Covid-19 and the breathlessness patients experience when recovering. This can increase anxiety, which leads to shallow panicky breaths as opposed to deep inhalation. Patients enrolled in the programme will be taught techniques to maximise oxygen input from breathing and enhance their convalescence. This is the first partnership of its kind between a leading arts organisation and an NHS Trust.

The combined forces of ENO and Imperial will provide crucial support to people rehabilitating from Coronavirus. The scheme will bring together medical and musical expertise and the pilot scheme is already underway. Already under discussion are other presentations where cutting-edge intersection or arts and health can provide genuine and sustainable benefits to the community long term.

Matt Hancock (Secretary of State) stated that, “ENO Breathe is a fantastic initiative that will provide the person-centred care that we know is better for patients, staff and the health system alike.”

Dr Harry Brunjes (Chair, PMG) said, “Social Prescribing is an active partnership between community and clinicians and Premier Medical is delighted to be associated with all the stakeholders in this shared initiative.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard (Chair of the National Academy of Social Prescribing) commented, “We are absolutely delighted to support the exciting ENO Breathe project and we look forward to hearing the progress and will be helping them to spread this initiative across the country.”