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Staff 'rescue' stranded dog

When Paul Martin was taken poorly with a serious condition, he came to Poole Hospital's emergency department with his wife, Julie, leaving their beloved 14-year-old dog Bebe in their car. Unfortunately Julie’s existing medical condition then worsened, and both husband and wife were admitted to hospital, leaving Bebe stuck in the car in one of our car parks.

Bruce Hopkins, Paul Martin, Joe Schrieber with BebeNew to the area, the couple didn’t have anyone to look after their Bison Frise so emergency department staff fetched the dog and brought her into the manager’s office, where staff looked after her until Lisa Neville, patient flow coordinator/healthcare assistant in the emergency department, finished her shift and could take Bebe home with her to look after. Bebe spent the night at Lisa’s house being thoroughly spoilt, and Lisa brought Bebe back to the hospital the following day to be reunited with Paul when he was discharged. Julie remains an inpatient.

Paul said: “We were very worried when we realised neither of us would be able to go home with Bebe.

“It was such a relief when staff in the emergency department took care of Bebe and kept her safe, you don’t expect a service like that! They even brought Bebe to say goodbye to me before Lisa took her home – you wouldn’t believe how kind they were.

“It seems like Bebe had a wonderful time too, being thoroughly spoilt by Lisa and fed chicken. We were so grateful they cared for her and went above and beyond to help us when we needed them.”

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