Dog comforts Lincoln hospice patients

A ‘canine concern’ dog called Jess has been comforting hospice patients in Lincoln for over three years.

Jess, who is thought to be a mix of cocker spaniel and pomeranian, was born in Cyprus 13 years ago before a rescue charity brought her over the England.

For the past three years, Jess has supported many patients and families during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

She has been a regular face at the Inpatient Unit in Lincoln, as well as the St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre in Gainsborough.

She has been a regular face at the hospice.

Pat, who owns Jess and is a Chaplain at the Gainsborough Day Therapy Centre, said: “Jess has helped so many patients and families. I will always remember how she helps comfort patients.

“Jess put her paws on the bed of a patient who had become unresponsive. Within a few minutes, it became apparent that the patient was aware of Jess.

“The patient reached out to stroke her, saying the word ‘soft,’ which was the first word she had spoken in some time.”

When patients first enter the hospice, Jess can put them at ease before they meet with a nurse for treatment.

Many patients are able to open up and feel more comfortable with the support of Jess.

To find out more about the services that St Banabas Hospice offer across Lincolnshire, visit their website.