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Dogs pause for patients

31 August 2015

Health Care

Tongues and tails were wagging for patients at Southend Hospital recently as they were given a surprise visit by PAT (Pets as Therapy) dogs. Fletcher, and his owner, Shirley, were really pleased to say hello to delighted patients.

Voluntary services manager at Southend Hospital, Jane O'Connell, added: "We are very lucky to have around seven PAT dogs who, along with their owners, regularly visit wards to cheer up patients. To see patients' faces light up when the dogs arrive can bring a tear to the eye.

Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983. It is unique in that it provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues by volunteers and their vaccinated dogs and cats.