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Miniature donkeys visit community hospital

Miniature donkeys put a smile on the faces of patients and staff alike as they paid a visit to Norwich Community Hospital.

Miniature donkeys put a smile on the faces of patients and staff alike as they paid a visit to Norwich Community Hospital.

Pixie and Bo Peep were brought to the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust-run facility by the East Anglian-based organisation Minidonks.

Benefits of animal therapy

Several studies have shown the beneficial effects of animal therapy, including providing stress relief, improving patient mood and boosting well-being.

The RCN has previously encouraged more organisations to explore animal therapy, and is due to publish a protocol to support safety and best practice later this year.

The money to pay for the visit to Norwich Commnunity Practice was provided by various fundraising activities, including a sponsored cycle last month.

Walking for donkeys

Trust volunteer coordinator Samuel

Miniature donkeys put a smile on the faces of patients and staff alike as they paid a visit to Norwich Community Hospital.


Miniature donkeys Pixie and Bo Peep visited residents at a community hospital

Pixie and Bo Peep were brought to the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust-run facility by the East Anglian-based organisation Minidonks.

Benefits of animal therapy

Several studies have shown the beneficial effects of animal therapy, including providing stress relief, improving patient mood and boosting well-being.

The RCN has previously encouraged more organisations to explore animal therapy, and is due to publish a protocol to support safety and best practice later this year.

The money to pay for the visit to Norwich Commnunity Practice was provided by various fundraising activities, including a sponsored cycle last month.

Walking for donkeys

Trust volunteer coordinator Samuel Scott said: ‘One patient shocked us all by walking from the ward [around 100 metres].

‘They definitely wouldn’t have done that if it hadn’t been for the donkeys.

‘This visit wouldn’t have been possible without the support of an excellent group of volunteers, who helped to facilitate the whole event.’

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