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Mar 20 2013

Northwick Park Hospital’s “Paws” for thought

paws_for_thoughtChildren in the outpatients department at Northwick Park Hospital were delighted to meet Poppy, a four-year-old Yorkshire terrier, as part of the Pets as Therapy project.

This is the first time a therapy dog has visited the hospital and seven-year-old Isabella Kuniqi, and her mother, Natasha, were the first people to meet her.

Natasha said: “This is such a great thing for the hospital to do. Isabella was very excited about meeting Poppy and spent quite a while calmly petting her. Poppy seemed to love all the attention too.”

Poppy’s owner, Michelle Goodwin, said: “Poppy has been a Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog since she was nine months old and she absolutely loves meeting new friends. We both really enjoy visiting children in hospitals and older people in care homes to bring some happiness to their day.”

Pets as Therapy is a national charity that provides therapeutic visits to a variety of venues by volunteers with their own friendly, temperament-tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.

Colette Mannion, assistant director of nursing, organised the visit with Kissing it Better, a charity that helps make a difference to the care of patients and their carers in hospitals and care homes. Colette is hoping to arrange further visits from Poppy so elderly patients can enjoy some time with her.

Source: NW London Hospitals Trust

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