The Cheyne Gang, so called because we held our first sessions in Cheyne Street, Edinburgh and because our members shared the common bond of COPD, originated in 2013 as a research project. Pauline Waugh, Anne Ritchie and Sarah Marshall are General Practice Nurses with an interest in COPD and other respiratory illnesses. They also enjoy singing in their leisure time.
The aim of the research was to look at the impact of singing in a group on the quality of life of the participants. We continue to assess quality of life of our participants today although the research project is finished.
We know that there have been measurable improvements on quality of life for the majority of our members.
Incidentally we noted a reduction in exacerbations (chest infections), a reduction in reliever inhaler use and a reduction in hospital admissions.
From small beginnings we have grown. We now have four groups in Edinburgh, one in Innerleithen and one in Coldstream in the Borders, as well as two in Glasgow. In addition we support one group in Helensburgh and one in Forfar.
So if you are breathless, or know someone who would benefit from joining the Cheyne Gang, please contact us. See details on the Contact page.