Patients enjoy a paw-some visit

Animals can bring great comfort to people and when Izzy, an 8-year-old Labradoodle, popped in to Saint Francis Hospice for a visit on Friday (June 22), she brightened up the day of patients and staff!


Izzy with Elsie who was visiting the day services at Pemberton Place

Izzy is a Pets as Therapy dog and her proud owner Sally Birbeck, who is a retired nurse, spent time with patients in our day services at Pemberton Place and in the inpatient unit!

And Izzy and Sally enjoyed the experience so much they hope to return on regular basis!

“When people are seriously unwell or upset, it is amazing how dogs will pick up on it,” said Sally.


Izzy with Malcolm who was visiting the day services at Pemberton Place

“Izzy will come and sit next to people and lay her head on their lap.

“I think it also nice for people to just sit and stroke a dog as they may not be able to have a pet in their own home or be too unwell to look after a dog.”


Izzy with IPU patient Thomas