Two & Four Legged Volunteers working their magic at Lings Bar

by Joanna Rapson

Volunteering Manager  -Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team

Our  Involvement & Volunteering services often link with external volunteering organisations.  One rewarding example of our partnership work is with ‘Pets as Therapy’

Read more here about the wonderful work at PAT

Rosalind Maxwell-Harrison and her German Pointer PAT dog Flo have been regular visitors to the Lings Bar Hospital, Gamston inpatient wards since April 2015.  Patients who have been in hospital for several weeks can often find their days to be endless.

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Rosalind & ‘Flo’

Rosalind and Flo’s visits give patients something to focus on that is not health related and can reinforce and retrieve good memories. One of the health benefits of the visits has been noticeable. Some patients who became withdrawn have blossomed when chatting with Rosalind and stroking a very patient Flo’.

Flo working her magic with a patient & staff member

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