Posted on Thursday 24 April 2014
Volunteer Sandy Kennedy with her therapy dog Nala
Volunteer Sandy Kennedy and her therapy dog Nala and staff from the Amputee Rehabilitation Unit are our latest CARE award winners.
Sandy and Nala, a golden retriever known as Dr Dog, travel from Brighton several days a week to visit children on the wards at Evelina London.
Sandy was nominated by staff and patients for her commitment and dedication. She has been coming to the hospital for four years and putting smiles on the faces of children, parents and staff.
One staff member said: “They have brought immeasurable joy and happiness to many children whose stay in hospital can be fraught with unpleasant medical procedures and who may be missing their friends and family. I’m pleased that we have recognised the important contribution they make to hospital.”
The Amputee Rehabilitation Unit in Kennington was opened in June 2013 to help people who have had lower or upper limb amputations to get mobile and become independent after surgery. A dedicated team including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehab assistant nurses and nursing assistants provides patients with intensive support. Congratulations to the team who have gone the extra mile for patients to ensure that they are rehabilitated physically, psychologically and emotionally.
CARE awards (Courtesy, Attitude, Respect and Enthusiasm) are given each month to staff or volunteers who have ‘gone the extra mile’ to provide exceptional care for patients.
You can nominate a team or individual by completing the CARE awards leaflet (PDF 191Kb), which also contains more information about the awards.