Puppy power comes to the QEUH

Guide dog puppy Frankie attracts oohs and aahs wherever he goes, and hospitals in Greater Glasgow and Clyde are no exception.

Not only does NHSGGC welcome guide dogs to all its premises, their very cute younger counterparts are also welcome as part of their training.

Puppy walker Caroline Martin and 12-week old pooch Frankie visited the the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital recently and we were lucky enough to join them.

Caroline has been a trainer for Guide Dogs for the past 30 years, and regularly visits NHS departments to prepare the pups in her care for their futures.

Caroline said: "We take our puppies to doctors, dentists, hospitals and places like that to get them used to busy environments.

"When these puppies are working, they are making sure their owners have a greater sense of freedom, so it's important they are able to deal with situations like this at a young age.

"The more you get them used to these places, the noise, the lifts, the stairs, it becomes part of normal life for them and they won't be overwhelmed or distracted.

"So it's great that the NHS lets us come in with the puppies."

Jac Ross, Equality and Human Rights Manager at NHSGGC, added: “We are really pleased to be able to support Guide Dogs for the Blind to train their guide dog puppies in our hospital buildings.

"The needs of our visually impaired patients and visitors are very important to us and we are happy to support this initiative.

"It is important to us that we enable our visually impaired patients and visitors to make their way to appointments or to visit friends independently and supporting the training of guide dogs is part of what we can do to help.”