Animals to be allowed on hospital wards!

Therapy dogs Hospital wards have been given the go ahead to accept animals and especially therapy dogs onto hospital wards and other healthcare settings, by senior nurses.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has published new guidance for hospitals to explore the use of animal therapy after it conducted a survey last year and found most nurses didn’t allow animals in their workplace.

This was even though many survey respondents were in favour of animal therapy, stating they thought it beneficial to patients.

Amanda Cheesley, RCN professional lead for long-term conditions and end-of-life care, said: “Anyone who’s worked in this area can see the amazing impact animals have on the health of adults and children alike.

“However, there are so many myths around the dangers of having animals in health care settings that most organisations are too concerned to try it out.”

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