Student Nurse develops pet care card for patients

A nursing student from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has developed a new initiative that will help relieve hospital patients’ anxieties over leaving their pets at home alone and without care.

Hannah Brew, who is in the second year of her Adult Nursing Degree has developed a handy card that will be given out to hospital patients. The card will have a space for contact details of friends or family, so that nurses or other healthcare professionals can contact them and ensure that their patient’s pets are being cared for.     

Pet care cardHannah said: “Through my clinical placements I have had the opportunity to observe the anxiety and upset patients go through regarding the care of their pets when they are admitted into hospital. I decided to put together these cards, so that when patients are admitted to hospital they know that a person of their choice can be contacted and their animals are being cared for.

“This is something I feel passionate about. I’ve been lucky to receive support from the Department of Nursing, who are helping me promote this innovation across all local health boards to ensure every patient can access this and hopefully lessen their anxieties on admission and during their stay.”

Programme Director for Nursing, Catherine Williams, said: “Hannah is someone who exemplifies care compassion and professionalism in all that she does. As part of her training Hannah has been exposed to a variety of clinical placements and has seen first-hand the anxiety and upset patients go through regarding the care of their pets when they are admitted into hospital. We are fully supportive of Hannah in promoting this innovation and will assist her in every way in endorsing this in our partner health boards.”