Nurses Call for Animal Therapy to be Let Into Hospitals To Help Ill Children



Dogs and other animals should not enter into hospitals to help patients recover, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said. The organisation is drawing up guidelines for medical institutions on how to use animal therapy safely.

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Therapy dog Leo visits patients on the south coast University Hospital Southampton

Animal therapy has been offered for five years at hospitals in Southampton. It includes a qualified handler Lyndsey Uglow. The golden retriever Leo visit patients three days a week.

“It doesn’t have to be unique to dogs, there are other animals who can be trained. I’d really like to see this as part of therapy, so people are paid in the same way as art or play therapists.”

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Nurses Call for Animal Therapy to be Let Into Hospitals To Help Ill Children

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