New pets help patients with dementia

24th September 2019

Gilbert and Sullivan are famously known for their comic operas…but in Rotherham they’re better known for helping patients with dementia and other mental health needs!

For Gilbert and Sullivan are two guinea pigs – the latest addition to a hospital’s therapy pets.

The cute pair now live at The Woodlands in Rotherham – which is based behind Rotherham Hospital, Moorgate, and is for people aged 65 or over with mental health needs. It is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

Nicola Gill, of RDaSH, said: “Gilbert and Sullivan are fabulous. Our patients love them. You can see patients’ faces light up every time they come inside to visit.”

She added: “Pets can provide physical, social, psychological and emotional benefits as well as enjoyment. Gilbert and Sullivan are being used as part of our ward therapy activities and we are seeing great therapeutic benefits for our patients. They enjoy cuddling and looking after them.”
Gilbert and Sullivan live in their hutch in the garden area and trot around the wards’ garden and were funded by money donated to RDaSH’s charitable funds.



Gilbert and Sullivan are pictured with Chloe Jackson, RDaSH Occupational Therapist and Patricia ‘Ann’ Saxton.