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Alpacas bring festive joy to UHNM

Patients and staff from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital recently welcomed a visit from Panda and Teddy the alpacas, for some festive fun.  

The team from Wetley Moor Alpacas toured inpatient wards after approaching UHNM Charity to visit both UHNM hospitals.

Rebecca Ferneyhough, Matron for Quality and Safety who helped organise our very special visitors said: “It’s just been amazing, putting smiles on everybody’s faces. These visits have brought Christmas back into environments that have been so pressured and taken over by many challenges and it’s just made everybody stop and smile- the best days of my whole 21-year career here at UHNM.”

Ruby Bailey from Wetley Moor Alpacas added: “We use our alpacas as therapy animals to a range of settings so they’re well trained and behaved and enjoy wherever they go so we thought why not bring a bit of festive joy to UHNM. It’s been absolutely fantastic, Panda and Teddy have been so well received, everyone they’ve come into contact with has had great big smiles on their faces so it’s just been so joyous and there’s been a real buzz surrounding the hospitals.”