Welcome back our furry friends!
That was the message from patients and staff as the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs made a return to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after a two year absence because of Covid.
First through the door and cheering up patients with his lovable looks was six year-old fox red Labrador, Jack, who made a guest appearance on ward C4 and outpatients with his owner Nick
Jack has worked as Addenbrooke’s as a registered PAT dog since early 2019 – with his own name badge and special scarf to prove it - and is a regular visitor to the Arthur Rank hospice and other special events.
Nick, local coordinator for the PAT volunteers in the Cambridge area, explained:
Jack and I started volunteering at Addenbrooke’s because my daughter was working on the care of the elderly wards and described how visiting PAT dogs completely changed the atmosphere when they came on to the wards. She knew Jack had a lovely temperament and encouraged me to volunteer with himOwner Nick
“When Jack is not on PAT duty he is our family pet and loves all the attention he gets, especially from our grandchildren.”
Jane Robinson from Volunteer Services said:
We know the PAT dogs have a huge impact on the wards and in clinics, lifting the spirits of patients, visitors and staff alike.Jane Robinson
“We are delighted they are back in clinical areas and thank our PAT Volunteers, as well as their furry companions, for all they do.”
Other canine colleagues at Addenbrooke’s include lovable Lily and playful Pablo pictured above.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Addenbrooke’s should visit our volunteering website.