Nurses enjoy a little animal magic to boost their well-being

Shetland ponies and Newfoundland dogs visit Aberdeen hospital staff

Shetland ponies and Newfoundland dogs visit Aberdeen hospital staff

Staff nurse Karolina Kruchich makes a new friend. Picture: NHS Grampian

Therapy ponies have paid a visit to hard-working nurses as part of a hospital’s health and well-being week for staff.

Shetland ponies and Newfoundland dogs visited nurses working in the emergency, acute medicine and short stay departments at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary earlier this month.

Animal therapy has long been used in healthcare settings to help with patients' physical and mental health.

Other events for staff included sessions on stress awareness, relaxation, mindfulness, nutrition and a Bake Off-style competition.

Bake-Off cakes from the hospital’s competition. Picture: NHS Grampian

NHS Grampian chief nurse for the medicine and unscheduled care divisions Fiona Robertson said feedback from staff had been positive.

‘They have felt appreciated,’ she said.

‘We know that if our staff are healthy and their well-being is supported at work, then the delivery of patient care is of a higher quality.’

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