Nursing staff at Ninewells have been roundly applauded for granting a dying man’s final wish by allowing his dog onto his ward to say one final goodbye.
Peter Robson died shortly after the visit yesterday, news of which has gone viral after granddaughter Ashley Stevens shared heartbreaking images on social media.
Video of the emotional moment shows Peter wearing an oxygen mask and stroking pet Shep from his hospital bed, as the dog wags its tail with delight at seeing his owner again.
Family members can be seen in the background wiping away tears at the emotional scene.
They later singled out nurse Cheryl Whyte for her care describing her as “an absolute angel”.
NHS Tayside chief Lesley McLay paid tribute to her staff saying: “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.”
Elsewhere, the group of nurses, care assistants and auxiliary staff have gained praise on social media.
Responding to the Tele’s article, readers also expressed their gratitude to the ‘compassionate staff.
Trixibel Laveen said: “True compassion and patient care. What it must have meant to this lovely man and his beloved dog. How lucky are we to have hospital staff who care this much.”
Leona Skelly posted: “Well done ward 3. I found myself in there a few times – staff are wonderful. What a fantastic thing to do. The pics are heartbreaking but beautiful.”
While Paul Thompson wrote: “The amount of stress and workload those nurses are handling everyday is crazy and to see them go beyond the minimum to help a patient and family in those harsh conditions is so heart warming and a real testament to those in the health care profession.”