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Delight as patients’ pet therapy dog at Newark Hospital

170817TV3 1August 24, 2017

Newark Hospital had a visit from Poppy the Pet Therapy dog recently, helping patients to raise a smile and give them an extra boost.

Patients on the Fernwood Community Unit were visited by Poppy and her owner, Anne-Marie Rose from the charity Pets As Therapy, after research has shown that that patting a dog can give patients great comfort whilst being in hospital.

Pets As Therapy is a national charity, which relies on its volunteers who make regular visits with their four-legged friends to nursing homes, hospitals, hospices and day care centres. The volunteers spend time with patients, allowing them to stroke and pet the dog and enjoy some companionship.

All Pets As Therapy dogs go through a strict assessment to make sure they are suitable. Dogs must be healthy and happy to be fussed over without getting too excited and bark, jump up or paw people – hygiene and safety is also paramount when interacting with patients.

Anne-Marie said: “There are many benefits to therapy dogs and they often bring a smile to sick or withdrawn patients. It is a very special brand of care, which is being increasingly recognised by the medical profession. I always love bringing Poppy to see patients to put a smile on their faces.”

Photo credit Newark Advertiser: Poppy and her handler Anne-Marie in front of Newark Hospital.