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Feature film: Pets provide therapy for Teddington patients

PAT dog volunteer Deidre and a patient

Tuesday 29 July 2014

On Monday 21 July, trainee journalists George Odling, Rob Horgan and Jack Miller, interviewed staff and patients at Teddington Memorial Hospital about the difference that the Pets As Therapy volunteers make to local patients in the hospital's inpatient wards.

Pets As Therapy - or PAT dog - is a national charity which provides temperament assessed/vaccinated pet dogs with registered volunteers to hospitals - providing comfort, companionship and therapy.

The local PAT dog volunteers give up their free time to bring their beloved pets to the hospital for the patients to enjoy - and the positive impact this has on our patients is clear to see.

You can watch the journalist's news feature below:

PAT dog feature:

Deidre Odling, who stars in this short film alongside Harry the English pointer, said: I always enjoy our visits to Teddington Memorial Hospital with Harry. Just to see the patients eyes light up when we walk into the wards gives me an enormous sense of fulfilment - that Harry can in some way help to ease and comfort the patients is a joy.

"I really do notice how animated and cheerful a patient can become by just stroking and watching a dog as well as chatting about old times with their pets. It’s a great privilege for Harry and me to meet such lovely people at the hospital. He’s a very lucky pointer!”

You can find out more about the trust's volunteer service, who coordinate the Pets As Therapy visit to patients, here.