Patients on Scotter Ward get a four legged visitor

Alfie the therapy dog visited Scotter Ward at John Coupland Hospital
Alfie the therapy dog visited Scotter Ward at John Coupland Hospital

Patients and staff on Scotter Ward were treated to a visit from Alfie, the Pets As Therapy dog.

John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough played host to Dr Terri Porrett from the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff along with her Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog Alfie.

During their visit they took part in a seated exercise class and enjoyed an afternoon tea, which gave her the chance to talk to patients and relatives about their experiences on the ward.

Among them, Dr Porrett met Frederick Powell who spent several weeks receiving care on Scotter Ward and continues to visit at least once a week to catch up with staff.

He said: “The staff are so wonderful. I can’t express what they did for me. Nothing is too much for them.”

John Mountcastle and John Shuttleworth, who are currently patients on the ward, loved meeting Dr Porrett and Alfie.

They said: “It was brilliant that Terri brought Alfie along to the ward. He was cuddly and friendly and so well behaved.

“He cheered us up no end and it was so good for morale. We can’t wait for him to come back if possible.”   

The Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff is a platform for NHS staff to share ideas, inspiration and stories of going above and beyond. As part of the roadshow Dr Porrett and founder Roy Lilley regularly visit hospitals.  

Dr Porrett said: “Visiting hospital wards, such as Scotter, allows me to meet the people behind the computer screen, and witness first hand the work they do.

“It was also a good opportunity to speak to patients and hear the positive stories they have about staying on the ward. The response to Alfie was brilliant and he was the star of the show.

“Watching patients, particularly those with dementia, interact with Alfie and become more animated was wonderful to see.”