REASSURANCE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK:
Further UPDATE (23rd March 2020)
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the evening of 23rd March, let me reassure you that we are open as normal to treat any animals who are unwell in any way, and for you to purchase any essential veterinary medicines and food.
We will delay booster vaccinations for 3 weeks as it is not essential to administer them within the next 3 weeks. However, we WILL vaccinate puppies and kittens as they are vulnerable to infectious diseases.
As veterinary professionals we all sign the oath as stated by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, we will continue to honour that oath;
‘I PROMISE AND SOLEMNLY DECLARE that I will pursue the work of my profession with integrity and accept my responsibilities to the public, my clients, the profession and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and that, ABOVE ALL, my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to my care’.
Please stay safe and keep well.
IMPORTANT UPDATE from Terry Girling (23 March 2020)
In these unprecedented times we have implemented a number of biosecurity measures to reduce transmission of Covid-19 coronavirus to protect both our clients and our staff.
The ethos of our Practice has always been one of doing the very best for our patients and their owners, and as such the following measures have been implemented;
We have split the practice into four teams. One team will be working at Beaminster, the other at our Crewkerne surgery. There will be two teams in reserve. This will enable the Surgery to still function if one or more of our teams become infected.
On arrival at the surgery car park please either call reception, or wave at us through the front entrance. A member of staff will then come outside to meet you. Public are NOT allowed into the buildings. Medications will be dispensed outside in the car park/through your car window.
Appointments for consultations will be initially carried out outside/at your car, then your animal will be taken into the building, examined, medicated and returned to you with any appropriate medication. You can observe your pet being examined from outside the consultation room window if you wish.
It is important for your pet’s wellbeing that you continue providing preventative healthcare such as their vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, as well as any long term medications they require. Calling ahead for medications will be of great help to our staff.
Please note if you are high risk, or particularly concerned about Covid-19, telephone or video consultations will be available. This can be discussed with reception staff when you call.
To preserve our oxygen cylinders so that more is available for the NHS, we are temporarily no longer undertaking routine operations such as neutering or hip/elbow x-ray scores. All other operations are continuing in the interests of your pet’s health and wellbeing.
The measures we are implementing will put all my team under pressure so please be patient, they are in place for the safety of them and yourselves. I believe that these protocols are reducing the risk of Corona virus transmission to you and your families to an absolute minimum.
Do take care and stay well.