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Pets as Therapy dog puts smiles on the faces of all at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

 

For four years Archie has been walking around hospitals, putting smiles on the faces of people he meets. Having begun with Ottery St Mary hospital, he’s now also bringing canine kindness to the RD&E’s wards.
You’re just as likely to see staff fussing over him as you are to see him wagging his tail with a patient.


The eight and a half year old is a springer spaniel/labrador cross. His best friend is his owner, Karen McGilchrist but she’s more than happy to play second-fiddle to his charms on the wards.


Karen signed up to the Pets as Therapy programme four years ago as she wanted to give something back to the community she so loves. Without her kindness, Archie wouldn’t get to do his favourite job: chomping his way through custard creams from his hospital friends

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Many patients and their families have remarked how much brighter their day is thanks to Archie’s visits, saying that it’s a welcome interaction at what can be pressing times. He’s only too happy to oblige, of course, and enjoys meeting old and new friends alike.   

        
He visits RD&E Hospital from 2:30-5pm on Wednesdays. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for him and give him a pat as he goes by. He’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face if you do. 


Photo: L-R Karen McGilchrist and Archie meeting with Jane Hudson


Added 11th April 2018

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