Im-PAW-tant visitor at Bloxwich Hospital

Patients and staff at Bloxwich Hospital in Walsall, which is owned by Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, welcomed a very special visitor to their wards, in the form of four-legged friend, Romey.

Bringing her vibrant and loving nature to every visit, Romey makes her mark at Bloxwich twice a week. Her favourite pastimes include sitting on patients’ laps, being spoiled with treats and biscuits, and running around to make sure everyone is greeted across the wards. It is clear that she leaves a lasting impression with everyone she meets.

One of the people she left an impression with was patient Sheila Smith who said: “I wait for Romey to arrive every week and I love giving her lots of cuddles.”

Romey and her owner Geoff from Pets As Therapy provide visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and more. They aim to tackle issues such as loneliness, and give comfort to those suffering with physical or mental health conditions by offering companionship from behaviourally assessed animals.

Staff at the hospital emphasise how Romey lifts the mood of their patients, and Healthcare Assistant, Stacey Platt says: “She makes a difference to our patients, and we love her”.

Bloxwich Hospital offers inpatient services to people over the age of 65, providing specialist assessment, care and treatment to people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. The ward teams assist and support individuals, as well as their families and carers, by educating about mental health and providing care throughout all stages of recovery.