The Hol­ly­wood ca­nine treat­ment

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

WHILE the unini­ti­ated may ask in stunned tones “who let the dogs out?”, those fa­mil­iar with Hol­ly­wood Pri­vate Hospital’s Pa­tient Ex­pe­ri­ence Week will have no such be­fud­dle­ment this week.

The hospital’s many vol­un­teers of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of ser­vices that help to ensure pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors have a pos­i­tive hospital ex­pe­ri­ence – in­clud­ing vis­its by ca­nine com­pan­ions.

The Ex­pe­ri­ence Week started yes­ter­day and in­cludes the use of sup­port an­i­mals, which have a proven ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect; aid­ing an in­di­vid­ual’s emotional, psy­cho­log­i­cal, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual well­be­ing.

Clin­i­cal Ser­vices di­rec­tor Karen Gul­lick said the vis­its were “very spe­cial to pa­tients and bring a sense of joy and comfort dur­ing what can of­ten be phys­i­cally and men­tally chal­leng­ing times”.

Hol­ly­wood’s vol­un­teers of­fer ser­vices such as com­pli­men­tary mas­sages to pa­tients, in­clud­ing those un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

Vol­un­teers also man­age the buggy ser­vice and pro­vide a lolly trol­ley and book ser­vice.

To vol­un­teer, con­tact Helen Mor­rell Mor­rellh@ram­say­health.com.au or 9346 6275.

Pic­ture: Gio­vanni Torre

‘Vol­un­teer’ dogs Stella, a minia­ture poo­dle, and bor­der col­lies Jade, Rob­bie and Bil­lie.

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