Hospital Facilities

Our team of trained nurses provide dedicated in-patient care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at our hospital in Allerton.

The main hospital facilities are located at the Allerton surgery. The central preparation room is the hub in which patients are prepared for surgery and dental examinations take place. Off this area there are two modern and very well equipped operating theatres, an x-ray room, which houses the digital x-ray system, and the main wards. The pharmacy is located next to the kennels and behind the consulting rooms for ease of access. The isolation ward is also located off the central preparation area and is used for patients who require barrier nursing. The in house practice laboratory is also located at the hospital.

In 2013 we were awarded GOLD for being a cat friendly practice.  We now have a cat waiting area and Cat wards at Allerton and Haworth.  We have many cat advocates who have a special interest in feline care and behaviour.  Our aim is to create as much as a stress free environment as we can.

The Haworth branch surgery has recently undergone a major refit and now has state of the art surgical and x-ray facilities. As well as a separate cat ward, and extensive kennels for dogs and other species.

Patient Care

Ensuring all patients make a speedy recovery is our aim. In the hospital we have a dedicated ward nurse who takes care of the in-patients and is responsible for day to day administration of drugs and post operative nursing.

Our separate wards meet the needs of a wide range of different species, including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets in a comfortable and hygienic environment.  Kennels can be warmed and oxygenated to speed up recovery and our intensive care incubator unit provides a controlled environment for nursing small animals.

We take every care to reduce the spread of infection and kennels are regularly cleaned and sterilised, cleaning records are audited daily. Patients with highly infectious conditions may be admitted to our isolation unit for barrier nursing. The unit has a separate entrance to reduce the risk of spreading infection. All our nurses are trained in treating animals in isolation and use a range of equipment to reduce the risk of cross contamination with the other animals in the hospital.

When your pet is admitted to hospital it is important that we know as much about your pet as possible. For example how often they go for a walk, and what they like to eat. This helps us to ensure your pet settles as quickly as possible and is reassured by familiar routines. We encourage owners to visit pets in hospital and to spend time with them while they are recuperating. Remember, during your pet’s stay with us, the nurses are there for you and your pet, so you can telephone to speak to the ward nurse to find out how your pet is doing.

Out of Hours

Our out of hours service is provided by Vets Now. We switch over to service from 8pm in the evening until 8am and at the weekend from 5pm untill 8am.  Our nurses remain on the premises and are looking after our patients throughout the night.

Dentistry

Like humans’ pets need to take care of their teeth. Most dental treatment is undertaken under an anaesthetic at the hospital. Dental scaling is performed using an ultrasonic scaler and a high speed polisher which leave the teeth with a smooth clean surface. This helps to slow down the future build up of tartar and allows the gums to heal. Our vets also use a high pressure dental drills when undertaking tooth and root extractions.

Our vets will check your pets teeth and routine dental appointments can also be made with the nurse who will go through how to look after your pets teeth at home.

Theatres

Advances in veterinary medicine mean that our vets are now able to carry out a wide range of procedures, ranging from routine neutering to complex orthopeadic and soft tissue surgery

Animals are prepared for surgery in a separate surgical preparation area. This allows us to maintain the highest levels of sterility reducing the chance of wound infections. Our theatres are disinfected after each operation and cleaning schedules are audited.

Our nurses and vets are trained to use the most modern anaesthetic agents. We use Sevo-flo as our main anaesthetic agent. Sevo-Flo is a veterinary form of sevoflurane which is the anesthetic agent of choice for much human surgery, especially for children. After surgery with SevoFlo most animals make a smooth, rapid recovery and head home quickly.

We have a large, well-equipped operating suite, with a wide range of surgical instruments. Each theatre is fully equipped with a state of the art range of monitoring equipment. For example we regularly monitor the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide as anaethatised patients breathe using a Capnograph. Paitents blood pressure, temperature, pulse and respiration are also monitored by our skilled nursing team and recorded on a monitoring chart. All these procedures contribute to our excellent anaesthetic safety record.

It goes without saying, no one is allowed in our theatres without a hat, mask and gown and dedicated theatre clogs, and our scrub up procedures are exceptionally thorough. This once again contributes to our very low level post operative infection rates.

Instrument Sterilization

We use two different methods to sterilise our surgical equipment and instruments. Gas sterilisation is used for equipment that cannot be heated. Autoclave sterilization uses pressurized steam and is used for the majority of our equipment.

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