Pets in Hospital is a new scheme that is being offered to patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and is supported by QEHB Charity. Pets in Hospital sees specially assessed dogs visiting patients at the hospital, helping to reduce their anxiety, and enhance patient communication and interaction.
The scheme has been launched across the elderly care wards at QEHB, as well as selected other wards, and patients will be able to request a visit from one of the specially assessed dogs through the nurse in charge on their ward.
Mandy Green, Head of Patient Experience at QEHB, said: "Pets in Hospital is a fantastic scheme that will make a big difference to patients at the hospital. Research has shown that animals can have a positive impact on improving patient wellbeing by reducing anxiety, enhancing patient interaction and promoting a calm, positive environment for staff and patients."
With your help, QEHB Charity will provide the assessment, training and equipment, including the distinctive dog coats, which are necessary for an owner and their dog to become a part of the Pets in Hospital team. You can support Pets in Hospital by donating £7 per month to pay for the training and equipment for one of the specially assessed dogs. Download the form below and send it back to the Charity to help spread joy across the hospital.
You can find out more about the adorable Pets in Hospital dogs below, and choose which pet you would like to sponsor!
As Pets in Hospital is a pilot scheme, we cannot take on any more dogs onto the scheme. If you've got a dog and would like to become a Pets in Hospital volunteer in the future then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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