Alpacas bring animal magic to hospital

Peeblesshire News 
By: Jo Robinson
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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Hospital residents greeted alpacas Rory and Pearson, who were VIP guests at the Peebles hospital.

Activities co-ordinator Shonagh Milne, described how the patients' faces lit up when the woolly duo entered the ward.

“Everyone loved the visit, including the staff and it was very emotional for me to see just how happy it made them all,” she said.

Lorna Wilson, who is the charge nurse at Haylodge, praised Shonagh for arranging the visit adding that, not only did it get the patients interacting, it also boosted staff morale.

The gentle nature of alpacas makes them perfect for activity-based visits – with the animals said to be great therapy.

 Patricia Finlay said: “It was wonderful and they were so soft, I wanted to keep one.”

Kenneth Logan added: “The alpacas visit was the happiest I’ve seen the patients and staff, everyone was smiling. It was more therapeutic than medicine.”

The four-legged friends are based at Velvet Hall Alpacas and frequently make visits to care and nursing homes throughout the Borders.

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