Posted on Wednesday 8 March 2017
Prince Charles met Little Dorrit the dog during his visit to St Thomas'.
HRH The Prince of Wales met patients and staff at St Thomas’ Hospital during a visit to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the British Geriatrics Society on Monday 6 March.
He spent time chatting to a variety of staff – including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals – who are leading the way in improving older people’s care both in hospital and community settings.
The royal guest also met patients who have benefited from the expertise of Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff.
He talked to patients and staff about important areas including falls prevention, a proactive approach to supporting older patients before they undergo surgical procedures, and dementia awareness.
The Prince also met Little Dorrit, a tiny dog that visits older patients in hospital as part of the Pets as Therapy scheme.
Matron Darlene Romero explained: "They cuddle her and they touch her and it is very calming for them. We have a patient currently on the ward who loves Little Dorrit. She used to be very restless, not able to breathe without oxygen.
"But with Dorrit around she was able to calm down and come off the oxygen for more than an hour."