Daisy the dog brightens up everybody’s day at Kingston Hospital

Monday 5 March 2018

Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog, Daisy, brightens up our staff and patient’s days at Kingston Hospital. Daisy has been working as a Pets As Therapy dog since August 2017. Daisy is currently the only PAT dog at Kingston Hospital and we are looking for more recruits.

Daisy regularly visits the Paediatric wards and visits patients at the Memory Café on one of our elderly care wards, Derwent Ward. Staff and patients love to see Daisy, she brings a smile to everybody’s face, patients who have dogs at home and who have been in hospital for a long period of time find seeing Daisy a real home comfort.

Having a visit from Daisy gives patients a very calming and therapeutic experience and is something they look forward to in their day. Daisy also has had requests to visit the Trust’s staff day nursery and the Emergency Department.

Daisy’s owner Robert Markless said, “Volunteering just a small amount of spare time each week work with your dog, brings joy, comfort and companionship to many patients/staff who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. It’s been personally very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.”

If you have a dog and would like to volunteer your time to visit our patients, and staff please contact the Hospital’s Volunteering Team  


Notes to Editors

  • Pets As Therapy is a national charity founded in 1983, enhancing the health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviorally assessed animals. They provide services in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues across the UK.
  • PAT Dogs enhance lives in the community by providing companionship and friendship and helps to tackle loneliness. It improves the lives of people suffering from debilitating mental and physical health conditions and illnesses such as Autism, Dementia and Stroke by including animal assisted interventions as part of a holistic approach to treatment.
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