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Therapy dogs helping patients in city hospitals

Published 22/08/2017

More patients are set to receive some much-needed canine cheer when visiting Derby’s hospitals thanks to a therapy dog initiative at Derby Teaching Hospitals. 

Specially-trained therapy dogs and their handlers help bring a smile to the faces of patients undergoing treatment at the Royal Derby and London Road Community hospitals. 

The therapy dogs are comforting elderly patients on hospital wards, as well as with those receiving palliative care at the Royal Derby’s Nightingale Macmillan Unit. 

A visit from a therapy dog can bring a range of therapeutic benefits to people in hospital by reducing anxiety and boredom and helping to lift morale. 

The Trust’s Acting Chief Nurse, Jim Murray, said: “Therapy dogs play an important role in helping our patients feel more at ease while they’re in hospital. They bring real therapeutic benefits to our patients and we’re delighted to be able to provide these visits in our hospitals.”  

Dog handler Janine Riminton has signed up as an official Trust volunteer and visits the Nightingale Macmillan Unit with her eight-year-old Spaniel, Buster.    

She said: “He breaks down all boundaries and is a breath of fresh air for people who are in hospital for any length of time.”

All therapy dogs visiting the hospital are examined beforehand and only go on wards deemed appropriate by the Trust.  

Last Modified 22/08/2017