Hospital fish tanks get a revamp

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Young pet lovers at The James Cook University Hospital are in for a treat when pet store colleagues visit their ward on Thursday 4 October.

Children's ward fish tank James Cook Ward manager Pippa Smith recently contacted the team at Pets at Home Middlesbrough to see if they would help maintain the two fish tanks located in the children’s ward.

Store manager Mark Deighton immediately offered to lend a hand and after an initial visit of the hospital to inspect the tanks, a maintenance programme was designed by the Pets at Home team.

Colleagues from the Cleveland Retail Park store will now visit the ward fortnightly to undertake any necessary upkeep of the tanks. They will also be on hand should either of the tanks require emergency maintenance in between visits.

Mark said: “When I visited the ward a few weeks ago, I realised how much the tanks meant to the children and nurses. My colleagues and I are really happy we can help and can’t wait to unveil the revamped tanks and new fish to the children this Thursday!”

On the day, the children will also receive a special workshop from a highly-trained Pets at Home fish advisor to explain how they can keep their new finned friends happy and healthy.

Pippa Smith said:“We are delighted Pets At Home are going to help us look after our fish tanks and are grateful to them for their support.

“The children and families love the fish as they are a bright and interesting part of the ward. The tanks are so colourful they prove a fascinating attraction and are much enjoyed by our young patients who take pleasure in watching them as well as giving them an interest while they are in hospital.”