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Cute Charlie’s the best medicine

2023-09-07T16:16:08+01:00Thursday 7 September 2023|
  • Charlie the dog on his trial visit.
  • Charlie with patient John.

“Paw-ly” patients at Walsall Manor Hospital will cheer up no end now that a special visitor is looking “fur-ward” to seeing them.

Charlie the cavachon is the third Pets As Therapy dog to be coming on board with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Patient Relations & Experience Team.

The cute canine came for a trial visit with owner Louise Foster earlier this week and was just the tonic for elderly patients on Wards 3 and 4.

Pets As Therapy sees volunteers bringing regular animal companionship to people in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and prison and fosters reading confidence in children in schools with visits from registered, temperament-tested pets.

Charlie is going to be in good company – Florence the roan cocker spaniel joined the Trust last month and has proved to be a popular sight at visiting time. They join Henry who visits Hollybank House on Saturdays.

Patient John Davies, 88, said: “That has made me smile.” And delighted Iris Parkes, 82, said: “He is so lovely, I could fuss him all day!”

Garry Perry, Associate Director – Relations & Experience, said: “It’s fair to say that Charlie brightened up everyone’s day which is what Pets As Therapy is all about.

“His visit went really well and we can’t wait to make him a regular face on the wards.”

Charlie will start visiting wards shortly and will also pop to see patients at weekends too.

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