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Fur and feathered therapy was the order of the
day when a miniature farm visited Pebble Lodge, the children and young people’s
inpatient mental health unit in Bournemouth.
Patients and staff got up close with
pint-sized sheep, goats, a tortoise, rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, ducks, a
donkey, horses and even an alpaca.
Rachael Pankhurst, former ward clerk
at the Dorset Healthcare-run unit in Westbourne, organised the visit from
Hampshire-based Mucky Bucket Farm, and it was made possible by generous public
She said: “Animals are known to ease
stress, anxiety and depression so this was the ideal visit and activity for our
patients. All the young people really enjoyed the time they spent with the
animals. And the staff loved it too.
“The visit was funded by money raised
by the public for activities that patients have asked for. We are very grateful
to everyone that has donated – it allows us to arrange a range of activities
that young people can really benefit from.”
Pebble Lodge, part of Dorset
HealthCare’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), is a
specialist psychiatric unit. It provides 24-hour assessment, treatment and care
for children and young people with severe mental health problems and who pose a
risk to themselves, others or their environment.