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In-Patient Wards

Our in-patient wards are large, air-conditioned, well-equipped and meet the highest RCVS and ISFM standards. We have species specific accommodation with separate wards for cats, small dogs, large dogs and exotics, and we boast a separate intensive care ward for critical patients. A purpose-built isolation unit with separate areas for dogs and cats is also available to ensure that patients with infectious diseases can be separated from the rest of the hospital. In addition, dedicated canine and feline ‘procedure rooms’ are provided so that examinations and minor procedures can be performed away from the other patients.

The kennels themselves are stainless steel to facilitate easy cleaning. We ensure that they are kept spotless at all times and they are disinfected after every patient to minimise infection risk. Similarly, the flooring throughout the hospital is vinyl, to maximise hygiene standards. Importantly, the wards are equipped with bathing facilities to ensure that patients can be kept clean and dry at all times. Each kennel is individually thermostatically controlled so that the temperature needs of each patient can be met, which is particularly important for those patients recovering from sedation or anaesthesia. The exotic ward has five thermostatically controlled vivariums with UV lighting and 3 separate parrot enclosures, each separately ventilated. All the wards contain a wide range of specialist equipment and all have piped oxygen ports, enabling oxygen to be supplied quickly to any patient with breathing problems. There are larger kennels for long-stay patients and the large dog ward has spacious walk-in kennels which can comfortably accommodate even the largest of breeds. There is amble outdoor space giving dogs the opportunity to exercise, urinate and defaecate and, within a large central yard, we have three separate outdoor exercise runs with artificial grass.

All our wards are staffed 24-hours a day by dedicated qualified nurses who have full knowledge of each patients’ condition, and who spend the time with each patient, getting to know their individual needs. We strive to ensure that the atmosphere within the wards remains calm and quiet at all times so that patients are able to recuperate in a peaceful environment. Padded ‘Vet Bed’ bedding is supplied for each patient along with mattresses for those patients who need to remain recumbent. Feline patients are also offered a variety of cat boxes, bags and igloos and there is a wide range of cat litter available to suit each individual patient’s preference. All patients have a daily nutritional assessment and we stock a wide variety of diets to ensure that the nutritional needs of all our patients are met.




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