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Pets perk up patients

Linda Bradwell and her beloved pug Penny at Ashgate Hospice with healthcare assistant Elaine Biggs.

Linda Bradwell and her beloved pug Penny at Ashgate Hospice with healthcare assistant Elaine Biggs.

Patients being cared for at a Derbyshire hospice are allowed visits from their pets – in order to keep their spirits up.

The policy, at Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield and has been welcomed by patients.

Linda Bradwell, aged 64, from Holmesfield, needed an inpatient stay because of her rheumatoid arthritis.

However, she was dreading being separated from her beloved pug Penny – and decided not to go.

When she took a turn for the worse, Linda decided she would have to go into Ashgate – and then found Penny could go with her.

She said Penny was allowed to visit and even stay in her room.

Linda said: “I had absolutely no idea Penny could come and see me.

“I didn’t think they’d let dogs in at all and I thought I’d have to see Penny through the patio window, but as it happened, I don’t and she’s in here with me every day.”

“Having Penny with me all the time makes such a big difference because I love her to bits.

“Penny’s such a big part of my life and of my family.”

Wilma Hulland, matron at the hospice, said: “We know how much pets mean to our patients and we allow any well-behaved pet to come and visit – from hamsters to horses – we don’t mind.”

Linda is appealing for dog owners and their pets to take part in Ashgate Hospice’s Woofs and Wellies sponsored walk on Sunday, March 16.

The fun, 4.5-mile walk around Linacre Reservoirs starts and finishes at the hospice on Ashgate Road.

n For details, call 01246 567250, email events@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk or register at www.ashgatehospice.org

 

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