Monday, 30 July 2012
Canine carers are visiting patients at a hospital centre to lend a paw of support during their treatment.
Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs are going for ‘walkies’ around the North Wales Cancer Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd to bring a little slice of home comfort to patients at the centre.
The national charity provides therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and other venues thanks to volunteers visiting with their own temperament tested and vaccinated dogs and cats.
Patients often feel isolated away from home. PAT dogs or cats can help them open up more by enjoying the company of an animal they may associate with home comforts.
The companionship can help a patient be more comfortable in their surroundings, aiding their recovery.
Irish wolfhound Findlay dropped by the centre this week with owner Elaine Mercer Jones and PAT coordinator Ann Jones to meet patients and public at the centre.
“It’s lovely to have him here and see the smiles from patients. PAT dogs can bring a sense of home comforts to a patient, especially those who are really missing their pets while being here,” said Carmel Barnett Acting Radiotherapy Services Manager
“Watching Finley at work today was a pleasure and we are grateful for the support to the patients from PAT at the North Wales Cancer Centre.”