"Ella's cuddle corner" is a purpose-built enclosed area in the
Atrium on Level Two of Starship, where long term or critically ill
children can have a visit from their pets. It is also the site
of the Pet Outreach programme.
Ella's Cuddle Corner is the only place in Starship where pets
are allowed. Access into wards for guide dogs needs to be discussed
with the charge nurse.
Children's personal pets
Pets may be brought into Starship Hospital for visits with a child
- is in hospital for more than a month and is missing his/her
- has come in for palliation and/or terminal care or where
nursing staff consider there are exceptional circumstances and a
child may benefit from a visit with their personal pet
Any visit must be arranged through the nursing staff.
Families must provide verification from a vet that the animal is
suitable for a visit. This includes up-to-date vaccinations,
confirmation that the animal is in good health and their
behaviour suitable for a visit. A time can then be
booked to bring the pet in.
Pet Outreach programme
Each Wednesday afternoon, a volunteer from the Pet Outreach
programme brings their dog to the designated enclosure in the
Starship atrium. Children can be brought down from the wards to
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