Pets In Hospital

For many patients who have to spend a number of days in hospital, the thing they miss the most is their home comforts. One of those can be their pets. Our Pets in Hospital programme helps reduce anxiety and bring joy to our patients and their families as well as staff.

We have specially assessed dogs visiting patients and staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals, which is completely funded by the hospital charity. The dogs and their wonderful owners help reduce anxiety and enhance patient communication and interaction.

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How our dogs make a difference

Mandy Green, Head of Patient Experience at UHB Trust, said: "Pets in Hospital is a fantastic programme that has been making a big difference to patients at the hospitals."

"Research has shown that animals can have a positive impact on improving patient wellbeing by reducing anxiety, enhancing patient interaction and promoting a calm, positive environment for staff and patients.”

Spread Wagging Tails & Smiles: Volunteer Your Dog For Hospital Visits

With your help, the hospital Charity has been able to provide the assessments, training and equipment for the dogs who have been visiting wards and departments at the QE, Heartlands and Solihull Hospital.

We are currently looking to recruit volunteers and their dogs for Good Hope Hospital. You can contact Pets in Hospital via email to register your interest:

Check out our fabulous furry friends and their humans


You can support Pets in Hospital by donating £30 a month to help us continue facilitating visits throughout the hospital.

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Bailey is a six-year-old Chihuahua who loves lots of cuddles with his human friends. He likes going for walks in the park and on the beach and he enjoys riding on buses and trains with his Mom, Katie.


Chase is a six-year-old Border Collie who LOVES cuddles! He loves visiting the hospital with his Mom, Carole and he has quite a fan base.


Lloyd is a five-year-old Golden Retriever who loves visiting our patients with his Mum and Dad, Sarah & Brad. He is so soft and gentle, and is a firm favourite with some of our older patients and staff!


Reggie is an eight-year-old Jack Russell cross Bichon Frise and our newest recruit! He loves cuddles and playing with his older sister Poppy and his Mum, Louisa.