Bringing all forms of the arts into Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals
rb&hArts, with the support of the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, brings all forms of the arts to Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. Over the last 12 years, rb&hArts has established a world-class and highly innovative hospital arts programme, designed to improve the wellbeing of patients, staff and the diverse communities the hospitals serve. Supporting patients from all over the country with heart and lung disease, they have a national reach, engaging over 3,500 people in the arts.
rb&hArts’ year-round creative programme offers a wide range of participatory activities, performances in public areas and wards, as well as temporary exhibitions across the hospitals. rb&hArts also manages an art collection of over 1,400 pieces, which are displayed for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff.
rb&hArts now manages five exhibition spaces across the hospitals and throughout the year will curate over 15 exhibitions. All of the works in the temporary shows are for sale and every purchase includes a financial contribution towards future arts activities.
rb&hArts also runs a range of workshops, performances and creative activities. Recently, this has included textile workshops with Ruth Singer to make a new artwork celebrating 100 years of Harefield Hospital, as well as a series of performances by Brit School students across Royal Brompton.
Singing For Breathing was set up in 2008 to support cardiothoracic patients living with chronic respiratory conditions. In 2008/2010, two trials were run to determine the impact of singing on respiratory health and it soon became clear that patients found the singing classes a boost to their quality of life. Phoebe Cave now runs singing groups twice a week, offering workshops for in and outpatients groups. If you feel you could benefit from regular attending, do join them: