Pets as Therapy dog has star role at St Richard’s

Friday September 14, 2018

 

A little Jackapoo dog called Tallulah has had a starring role this week at St Richard’s where a documentary team has been filming the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog engage with patients.

Tallulah and her handler Olivia have been visiting patients on Howard ward, Boxgrove ward and at Donald Wilson House, closely followed by Japan’s national broadcast company NHK.

Nursing director Maggie Davies welcomed the visitors to the trust on Monday and was immediately smitten with the expressive and specially trained therapy dog. The filming comes as a new trust policy for visits to patients by PAT animals goes through the final stages of approval.

It is the second time NHK has filmed at the trust. Two years ago the Japanese company visited Worthing Hospital to showcase our Acute Kidney Injury improvement work, as part of a major series on the human body exploring the interaction between the different organs.

Tallulah will return to St Richard’s again early next week.

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