The recognition that dogs can provide support to people in many different ways has led to an increase in the number of health and social care settings where dogs are present. Many care homes have encouraged regular visits from dogs and increasingly hospitals are introducing dogs into settings where they play a variety of roles.
When a PAT Dog or PAT Cat visits a hospital ward, patients tell us that their stress levels reduce and it's a joy to interact with a pet, especially if they are missing their own family pet back home. Children who may be fearful of an operation or medical procedure get distracted by a comforting four-legged friend, which allows concerned parents to relax a little too.
Visits by PAT Teams also boost the mental health of patients, as well as visitors and hospital staff. If you would like a PAT visit to your hospital or health care establishment, please complete our online registration form.