September 23, 2021

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Former guide dog to support hospital staff and patients at LGH | The Examiner

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The Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department announced the appointment of the hospital’s newest advisor, Gilbert, the facility dog. The four-year-old black Labrador’s appointment marked the first time a facility dog ​​was used in an emergency room in Australia. Recruiting the former guide dog to support the hospital was the brainchild of its new LGH ED director, Lucy Reed. Read More she knew the department needed something to bolster morale. She said service dogs have visited the hospital in the past and found they always had a positive impact on patients and staff. “We had a bitch named Gracie who you only visited once a week and she picked up the department every time she arrived,” she said. She said Gilbert’s role at LGH marked a fresh start for the former guide dog after his own health problems forced him to retire early. “He’s got bad back legs. He’s a very big dog and his kneecaps are dislocated, we can do that well, but he couldn’t be a guide dog anymore,” she said. READ MORE: How Is Tasmania’s Health System Prepared To Arrive In The Delta? Ms. Reed said although the work was different, Gilbert has taken on his new role like a true professional and can’t wait to hit the station every morning for his daily rounds. She said Gilbert had an immediate impact on the emergency room and was revered by patients and staff alike. “So patients are generally excited to see him, I haven’t seen a patient who wouldn’t say hello,” she said. “He can make everyone smile, from children to the very old to the confused and traumatized.” READ MORE: Neill Fraser Witch Hunt Must End Now She said a quick visit from Gilbert would be invaluable for employees working in the high stress department. “We go on the floor and say hello to everyone who needs us to say hello, often nurses, paramedics, patients often staff,” she said. “To be honest, the staff really got a lot of relaxation and stress reliever from him,” said Ms. Reed, while Gilbert took on his new role with ease, the staff were trained to make sure Gilbert did not dump guide dogs Dog handlers trained and what that entails, “she said. Just walk the dog that is controlled on the left and how to stop and how to get him not to eat all of the food in the department.” Ms. Reed said the plan is to get Gilbert to work in the department for the foreseeable future, which she expects to continue for some time. Our journalists work hard to provide the community with local, breaking news. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content: Follow us on Google News: The Reviewer

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September 6, 2021 – 5:30 p.m.

LGH finds pawfect solution to reduce stress

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The four-year-old black Labrador is the first full-time dog to be used in an emergency room in Australia.

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The Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department announced the appointment of the hospital’s newest advisor, Gilbert, the facility dog.

The four-year-old black Lab’s appointment marked the first time in Australia a facility dog ​​was used in an emergency room.

The recruitment of the former guide dog to support the hospital was the idea of ​​its new LGH ED director Lucy Reed.

Ms. Reed said she couldn’t remember the exact moment the idea hit her, but after a difficult time exacerbated by COVID-19, she knew the department needed something to bolster morale .

DR DOG: Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department Director Lucy Reed and Gilbert the Facility Dog.  Image: Craig George

DR DOG: Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department Director Lucy Reed and Gilbert the facility dog. Image: Craig George

She said service dogs have visited the hospital in the past and found they always had a positive impact on patients and staff.

“We had a bitch named Gracie who you only visited once a week and she kept the department every time she arrived,” she said.

She said Gilbert’s role at LGH marked a fresh start for the former guide dog after his own health problems forced him to retire early.

“He’s got bad back legs. He’s a very big dog and his kneecaps are dislocated, we can do that well, but he couldn’t be a guide dog anymore,” she said.

Ms. Reed said although the work was different, Gilbert has taken on his new role like a true professional and can’t wait to hit the station every morning for his daily rounds.

She said Gilbert had an immediate impact on the emergency room and was revered by patients and staff alike.

“So patients are generally excited to see him, I haven’t seen a patient who wouldn’t say hello,” she said.

“He can make everyone smile, from children to the very old to the confused and traumatized.”

She said a quick visit from Gilbert would be invaluable for employees working in the high stress department.

“We go on the floor and say hello to everyone who needs us to say hello, often nurses, paramedics, patients often staff,” she said.

“To be honest, the staff really took away a lot of relaxation and stress relief from him.”

Ms. Reed said while Gilbert took on his new role with ease, the staff were trained to make sure Gilbert didn’t ditch them.

We have all been trained by guide dogs to handlers and what that entails, “she said.

Just walk the dog controlled on the left and how to stop and how to get him not to eat all of the food in the department. ”

Ms. Reed said the plan is to keep Gilbert working in the department for the foreseeable future, which she thinks will be some time yet.

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