Police dog Dexter meets and greets at Whittington Hospital
- Credit: Polly Hancock
The Metropolitan Police took some of its furry officers to the Whittington Hospital on Friday to give NHS staff some light respite.
PD Dexter, the Met’s first “wellbeing dog”, was joined on April 9 by some of the Met’s horses to meet workers at the Whittington.
One intensive care patient who had been in the hospital for months, and who missed his dogs back home, had the opportunity to have a cuddle with Dexter.
Initially, the police canine was training to be a dog that sniffed out drugs, but he was deemed too sociable for the role, so has taken on a new career in boosting morale. PD Dexter is deployed to visit teams to provide well-deserved rest and affection through cuddles, playtime and walks.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “As ever we thank all of our NHS colleagues for everything they have done and continue to do within our local community.”