Nurse Goes Against Protocol, Sneaks Dog Into Dying Owner's Room So He Can Say Goodbye


After his wife died eight years ago, Peter Robson bought a puppy Border Collie.

Shep was Robson’s companion and helped heal the 70-year-old’s broken heart after the loss of his wife.

Fast forward to March 29, where Robson lay in a hospital bed at Ninewells Hospital, ready to take his final breaths of life.

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But he had one last request: to say goodbye to his beloved Shep.

Usually, dogs are not allowed in hospitals, but the NHS Tayside charge nurse Cheryl Whyte was able to get the visit arranged.

Robson’s granddaughter, Ashley Stevens, was able to share images from the visit and posted a thank you to the nurse on Facebook.

The pictures show the bond between the man and his loyal companion, and how much it meant for him to have those final moments with his dog.

“Absolutely amazed and touched today from NHS Ninewells hospital, our grandad’s last and final wish was to see his dog one more time,” Stevens wrote. “Still in shock that the wish was granted and they went above and beyond today and made a dying man very happy.

“Chyerl Whyte 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 granddad. 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.”

A senior charge nurse on Ward 3, Fiona McCallum, commented, “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.”

“The ward 3 team has done a wonderful thing,” NHS Tayside chief executive Lesley McLay added. “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.”

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Robson died shortly after Shep visited, but we are so glad the nurses were able to grant him his final wish.

Our thoughts are with his family and his beloved dog during this difficult time.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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