Romford grandmother enjoys surprise reunion with beloved dog during Queen’s Hospital stay

PUBLISHED: 16:57 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 01 September 2017

Matt Chapman, Val's son-in-law, with her beloved dog Douglas. Photo: BHRUT

Matt Chapman, Val's son-in-law, with her beloved dog Douglas. Photo: BHRUT


A beloved pooch was reunited with his unwell owner of three years thanks to staff at Queen’s Hospital this week.

Staff at Barking. Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) went above and beyond the call of duty to help make one patient’s time in the Rom Valley Way hospital a little easier.

Grandmother Val Overton, of Cotleigh Road, Romford, has dementia, but was delighted when she was surprised by a bedside visit from her three-year-old Jack Russell cross Douglas

The pair had been apart for two months apart during her hospital stay.

Douglas was brought in by Val’s daughter Alison Chapman, 40, and her husband Matt.

Alison, who lives in Southend, said: “It’s all she’s been asking for and we really wanted to do it to try and cheer her up. It was quite emotional to see them together and so lovely that we could make it happen.

“I was surprised it was so quick and easy to arrange. We asked staff whether we could bring him in and it was all arranged in just a few days.”

Val fed Douglas some of his favourite bacon and the pup was on his best behaviour the whole time he was on the ward.

His visit was made possible thanks to BHRUT ward sister Belle Farnsworth working closely with the trust’s Patient Experience Team.

Sister Belle said: “Val is such a lovely lady and she was really desperate to see her dog so I’m delighted that we were able to make it happen. Douglas behaved impeccably on the ward and we all fell a little bit in love with him!”

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