This is the heartwarming moment a dying man is reunited with his beloved dog on his hospital bed just hours before he passed away.
Heartwarming pictures and videos show Peter Robson being visited by his loyal border collie Shep at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital last week.
His granddaughter, Ashley Stevens, posted the images on Facebook and paid tribute to NHS Tayside charge nurse Cheryl White, who arranged the unusual visit.
Staff at the hospital had to overcome usually strict infection control policies to allow the dog to enter.
Peter Robson was reunited with beloved border collie Shep just hours before he died in hospital in Dundee
Granddaughter Ashley Stevens, right, paid tribute to the NHS for allowing the visit despite the strict rules around infections in the hospital
Mr Robson, pictured left and right with his family, died just hours after the reunion while on the respiratory ward at the hospital
NHS Tayside’s Infection Prevention and Control Policy specifically advises against allowing animals into hospitals, though it does allow for it in ‘exceptional circumstances [for example] on the request of a terminally ill patient.’
Staff at the hospital today praised nurse Cheryl White for her ‘caring and compassionate act’.
Ashley Stevens’ video and pictures had been shared thousands of times and viewed by more than 150,000 people within 18 hours of being posted.
In her Facebook post Ashley said: ‘Absolutely amazed and touched today from NHS Ninewells hospital, our grandads last and final wish was to see his dog one more time.
‘Still in shock that the wish was granted and they went above and beyond today and made a dying man very happy.
‘Cheryl White charge nurse of Ward 3 you are an absolute angel and we are all eternally grateful you don’t know what this meant to our grandad.
‘I’ll let these moments do the talking, thank you NHS.
‘Please share this everyone needs to know what amazing nurses and staff they have in that hospital.’
His family said they were eternally grateful to the hospital for allowing the visit, pictured
Mr Robson could not hide his delight at seeing Shep again and is pictured left and right stroking the dog
Ward 3 senior charge nurse Fiona McCallum said: ‘I am so proud of Cheryl and the rest of the team for this caring and compassionate act.
‘The team worked with colleagues in infection control to make this possible and I can’t thank them all enough for going above and beyond to bring some comfort to Mr Robson and his family.’
NHS Tayside Chief Executive Lesley McLay added, ‘Our thoughts are with Mr Robson’s family as they deal with their loss at this difficult time.
‘The ward 3 team has done a wonderful thing for this family. It is often the little things that mean the most to patients and their families and I’m so pleased that the staff were able to grant this wish.
‘The team in ward 3 were the first ever Gold Outstanding Team winners in our STAR Awards last year and, with actions like this, it’s not hard to see why.’