Sammy the Greyhound visits kids doing it ruff
Wednesday 15 February 2017
Sammy the greyhound has made a Valentine’s Day visit to the paediatric ward at Toowoomba Hospital, brightening the faces of young patients and staff.
Sammy spends most of his days providing companionship at Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home, a residential aged care facility operated by Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
“This was a fantastic opportunity to brighten the day for children who are spending some time in the paediatric ward here at Toowoomba Hospital,” said acting Executive Director Toowoomba Hospital, Shirley-Anne Gardiner.
“The kids are loving it, and it’s wonderful to see their faces light up,” said paediatric ward nurse unit manager Lauriann Maringelli. “Being in hospital can be a stressful time for children, so seeing something like this brighten their day is wonderful.”
Sarah Hiles said her son Rylen Weatherall got a huge boost from seeing Sammy.
“It was lovely, it’s definitely made our week,” she said. “It’s put a smile on his face, and mine, it was great.”
Bringing him to Toowoomba Hospital was a joint initiative of Toowoomba Hospital management and Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home director of nursing Cindy Pitt.
Pictured (L-R): Mt Lofty Heights Nursing Home director of Nursing Cindy Pitt, Sarah Hiles and son Rylen Weatherall, and DDHHS volunteer Leigh Maule with Sammy the greyhound.