Inverclyde Royal Hospital has won a gold award in the annual Hearing Dog Friendly awards organised by the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
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Seventy four per cent of all hearing dogs adopted into the scheme are either rescued or unwanted and since its inception in 1982, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has placed more than 1400 hearing dogs.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People provides a national service and no charge is made to recipients.
Hearing Dogs is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2007.
Hearing dogs alert deaf people by touch, using a paw to gain attention and then lead them back to the sound source. For sounds such as the smoke alarm and fire alarm the dogs will lay down to indicate danger.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity that selects and trains dogs to respond to specific sounds.
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"The latter criteria apply equally to nominations in the service provider category. The Inverclyde Royal Hospital excelled in all areas and we have no hesitation in awarding them a Hearing Dog Friendly gold award.”
“For entries into the town or city category we consider transport, shops, eating places and hotels; rating them on accessibility and attitude; assessing whether steps have been taken to ensure deaf people and their hearing dogs have access to shops and other venues and are made to feel welcome.
"The Charity is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and it is fantastic to know that so many establishments are warmly welcoming hearing dogs.
Jenny said: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People launched the Hearing Dog Friendly Award in 2003 to recognise and encourage good practice among towns, cities and service providers across the UK.
The panel of judges, which included Hearing Dogs’ Head of PR and accessibility issues, Jenny Moir, agreed the Inverclyde Royal Hospital demonstrated an exceptional willingness to welcome deaf people with their hearing dogs and had obviously taken steps to ensure it was readily accessible for people with disabilities.
"Coming to hospital can cause anxiety for patients or visitors and we are glad that Jean, and Sheena, were welcomed by staff and experienced the highest standards of care."
“Inverclyde Royal Hospital is delighted to receive this award which reflects our efforts to make the hospital accessible to all patients and visitors.
The award was accepted by Alison Douglas, Clinical Service Manager, Surgery and Anaesthetics, who said:
"The nurses were all over my hearing dog Sheena and wanted to take her out for exercise and feed her. She got very spoiled.”
Jean said: “I was a patient at the hospital many times and the love and support of the staff was amazing.
Jean MacDonald nominated the hospital for the award following her stay last year. She and hearing dog Sheena received such a warm welcome she felt recognition was well deserved.