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Chronic Breathlessness Support

Checked: 27-02-2024 by 6 Sandi Littler Next Review: 27-02-2025

Arts on Referral for Chronic Breathlessness - NBT

The programme is being offered by Fresh Arts, the arts programme of North Bristol NHS Trust, in partnership with COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Respiratory Clinics and is funded by donations to Southmead Hospital Charity. It will be led by an artist and facilitator, who is experienced and skilled at working with people to gently introduce them to creative activity. The artist is part of the Fresh Arts team. All materials will be provided.


  • Free six week programme.
  • Online groups using Zoom or ‘in real life’ groups which will take place in the Community Arts Room at Southmead Hospital
  • Places are offered on a first come first served basis

The Arts on Referral programme offers you a safe, creative and enjoyable space in which to:

  • Take some time to support your own wellbeing
  • Find out how being creative can lead to relaxation and enjoyment
  • Meet and share with others in a similar situation to your own

A programme is running on Tuesday afternoons from 16th April - 21st May 2024.

Further programme dates for 2024 are to be confirmed.

Who to Refer: 

You don’t have to be artistic to take part. The group is open to anyone living with chronic breathlessness.

When a programme runs online they will offer a one hour Welcome Session and Technical Zoom taster session prior to the start date to test internet connections, explore the functionality of Zoom and for everyone to meet prior to the first session.

How to Refer:

Patients self-refer. If patients are interested in finding out more about this Arts on Referral programme, please complete and return the reply slip by email to


Arts on Referral Chronic Pain Poster

Patient Letter explaining the programme

Fatigue & Breathlessness Support - St Peter's Hospice

Please see the Fatigue and breathlessness section on the St Peters Hospice page for details.

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