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Pooch joins staff at PRUH for pet therapy

PUBLISHED: 15:16 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:16 11 January 2013

Kate Fitzgibbons, Bonsai the dog, SLHT play specialist Sian Spencer Little, mother and daughter Suk Ching and Madeline Sonng, aged 20 months.

Kate Fitzgibbons, Bonsai the dog, SLHT play specialist Sian Spencer Little, mother and daughter Suk Ching and Madeline Sonng, aged 20 months.

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Paw prints and a wagging tail were spotted on the wards of the Princess Royal University Hospital last week as staff welcomed the newest member of their team, Bonsai the dog.

Introduced by organisation Pets As Therapy, the Lhasa Apso will help patients on elderly, stroke and children’s wards.

Bonsai was assessed on his health, temperament, suitability and stability before joining the charity’s team.

South London Heath Trust’s play specialist, Sian Little, said: “We want to say a big warm welcome to Bonsai to the ward, this is a great opportunity for us to introduce pet therapy.

“The reaction and impact it has on the children is paramount. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

The scheme has been running at Queen Elizabeth hospital, in Woolwich, for a number of years and there are currently 4,500 visiting dogs across the UK.

Supporter Kate Fitzgibbons attended Bonsai’s first day at PRUH after her father, Jerry, received pet therapy whilst on a ward.

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