Dulwich resident calls on four-legged volunteers

Can your dog volunteer at King's?


Lucy Ferman-Moore from Dulwich, is calling on local dog owners to become a Pets As Therapy volunteer and help King’s College Hospital patients.

Lucy has been volunteering at the Trust alongside her 13-year-old chocolate Labrador, Harvey, since August 2019. She and Harvey visit patients of all ages in the hospital, many of whom are dog lovers. Lucy said: “Harvey is a familiar face on hospital wards, and he brings everyone a lot of joy. Many patients have pets at home that they’re missing, and Harvey puts a huge smile on their face.”

Harvey is one of 14 dogs who visit patients, visitors and staff on wards, and the hospital is in urgent need of more volunteers. Lucy added: “As a local resident, King’s College Hospital has a special place in my heart. My three children were born here, one very prematurely, and received outstanding care. When I retired, I wanted to give something back. I could see how much people love being around Harvey, and it’s a great feeling when he brightens up someone’s day. He has the ability to lift the mood of a whole ward. I’d encourage any dog owners with some time to spare to get involved.”

Dog owners can sign up to volunteer through the Pets as Therapy charity, and all volunteer dogs need to complete an assessment. Owners also need to undertake training and DBS checks to volunteer at the hospital. Petula Storey, Head of Volunteering at King’s College Hospital, said: “Harvey has a very calm and gentle nature, which makes him a real hit with young children, as well as our older patients. Animals can have a real benefit to our wellbeing, and so many of our patients find comfort and stress- relief just sitting with Harvey. We’d love to hear from anyone with a few hours to spare and a dog they’d like to share with our patients.”

For more information about becoming a Pets As Therapy volunteer at King’s College Hospital, contact kch-tr.volunteers@nhs.net or call 0203 299 5510.

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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at supportkings.org.uk

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. We work collectively to make sure that the lessons from research are used more swiftly, effectively and systematically to provide better and more joined up physical and mental health care for people.
Our partnership brings together:

  • three of the UK’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts
  • a world-leading university for health research and education
  • nearly 4.3 million patient contacts
  • more than 43,000 NHS and university staff
  • 31,000 students
  • a combined annual turnover of more than £3.7 billion.
    http://www.kingshealthpartners.org @kingshealth

3. At King’s College Hospital we fundraise for the best in treatment, research and health education, leading-edge equipment and improving well-being in our communities. By uniting doctors, nurses, researchers and academics with our supporters and volunteers we can provide the best patient care that goes above and beyond. Find out more and support us at supportkings.org.uk