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Hospital swimming in octopi

After an appeal in November 2016 for crochet octopi, Poole Hospital’s neonatal unit is swimming in crochet octopi for their little patients.

jasmine smith & octopus

Jasmine Smith and her octopus

The hospital appealed for the cute critters after hearing about the positive health effects they could have on premature babies from a hospital in Denmark. Kind hearted members of the public across the UK, and further afield, got their crochet hooks and wool out and knitted hundreds of small octopi for the ward.

The neonatal unit is no longer appealing for octopi but would like to thank everyone who has supported the project.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to our appeal for crochet octopi and the international media attention it has brought,” said Daniel Lockyer, matron of neonatal services. “We’ve now received more than 200 octopi - a year’s supply - ready and waiting for our little patients, so we’re not looking for any more for the time being.

“Parents are telling us their babies seem calmer with an octopi friend to keep them company so we’re looking forward to continuing with the project in the future.”

The unique idea originates from Denmark where they found the octopi comforted babies and calmed them. Babies cuddling an octopus were also less likely to try to pull out their monitors and tubes.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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