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Patients in Derbyshire benefit from ‘lamb therapy’

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Spring lambs from local farms have been cheering up patients on wards at two Derbyshire community hospitals.

The lambs were “VIP visitors” to wards at Newholme Hospital in Bakewell and Cavendish Hospital in Buxton, which are both run by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust.

The idea first started 12 years ago as a way to help older patients reconnect with their rural surroundings while they were in hospital.

It is very popular with patients and ward staff alike, said the trust. As well as being enjoyable, the lambs provide “animal-assisted therapy” to patients, it added.

This year the lambs visited Riverside Ward at Newholme Hospital as well as Spencer and Fenton Wards at Cavendish Hospital.

Anna Bennett, a ward sister at Newholme Hospital, helped organise the visits along with two therapists and local farmers David and Joanne Bagshaw from Chelmorton.

During the visits the lambs wear baby nappies to avoid any mishaps and ensure the ward is kept clean, noted the trust.

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