Can your dog volunteer at King’s as a therapy pet?

Katherine Johnston (19 February, 2020)

Join doggy doctor Harvey on the ward round

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King’s College Hospital says it is in urgent need of more therapy dogs to give patients some TLC.

With owner Lucy

Sixty-two-year-old Lucy Ferman-Moore has volunteered with Harvey, her thirteen-year-old chocolate Labrador, at the hospital in Denmark Hill since August last year.

Harvey is one of fourteen dogs that regularly visit patients, visitors and staff. The hospital’s volunteering team says it is in “urgent” need of more volunteers.

“Harvey is a familiar face on hospital wards, and he brings everyone a lot of joy,” she says.

“Many patients have pets at home that they’re missing, and Harvey puts a huge smile on their face.

“As a local resident, King’s College Hospital has a special place in my heart.

“My three children were born here, one very prematurely, and received outstanding care.

“When I retired, I wanted to give something back. I could see how much people love being around Harvey, and it’s a great feeling when he brightens up someone’s day.

“He has the ability to lift the mood of a whole ward. I’d encourage any dog owners with some time to spare to get involved.”

Owners can sign up through the charity Pets for Therapy, which will assess potential dogs before providing training and DBS checks before introducing them to the wards.

King’s College Hospital’s head of volunteering, Petula Storey, said: “Harvey has a very calm and gentle nature, which makes him a real hit with young children, as well as our older patients.

“Animals can have a real benefit to our wellbeing, and so many of our patients find comfort and stress- relief just sitting with Harvey.

“We’d love to hear from anyone with a few hours to spare and a dog they’d like to share with our patients.”

For more information email  kch-tr.volunteers@nhs.net  or call 0203 299 5510.

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