The Royal College of Nursing is calling for better implementation of animal therapy in healthcare.
The RCN goes onto explain that research shows the use of animal therapy in healthcare would holistically benefit patients across a range of healthcare settings including end of life care, mental health and learning disabilities.
9 out of 10 nurses believe that access to animals could improve the health their patients with low moods, depression and other mental health problems. Many Nurses specifically feel that access to much loved pets for patients nearing the end of their lives is essential.
The RCN survey found that more than 80% of Nurses thought animals could improve communication difficulties such as for people with autism.
In 2014 the story of Sheila Marsh (pictured above) who was granted her last wish by having her beloved horse visit her in hospital was publicised by national newspapers. Sheila, died only hours after saying goodbye to Bronwen, her beloved horse, at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan.
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