Meet Sydney the dog who has been bringing some cheer to the wards of the Royal Bolton Hospital.
The nine-year-old Basset Hound is the beloved pet of Nutrition Specialist Nurse Sue Ellis and is Bolton’s PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog.
Sydney had to undergo a thorough induction to see if he was suitable for the job but fortunately the four-legged friend stood up to the test and he did not have to wait too long before he was allowed to join his owner on a tour of the hospital site, meeting and greeting staff and patients.
Sue explained: “The reaction we get from staff and patients is brilliant. He’s already well known throughout the hospital. As we are walking down the corridor, people will say ‘hello’ and give him a stroke, it just makes the day a little brighter for someone. Others have said it’s been a welcome distraction and has reminded them of their own pets at home.”
David Holroyd was visiting his mum Maureen in hospital when he met Sydney. He said: “I think it’s fantastic.”
And mum Maureen agreed. She said that it had really ‘cheered’ her up, seeing Sydney working on the wards. Meanwhile, patient Angela Hope added: “I think the therapeutic aspect of having a dog come in is a really good idea.”