Archive for April 2016
As the Covid 19 lockdown period continues, the guidance from our governing bodies has been updated due to the extended period of time during which services will be restricted. As a result,with effect from Tuesday 14th April, we will be following the updated advice from our governing body. We will now be performing RISK ASSESSED work that is vital for equine health and welfare and this will include equine vaccinations, where the deadline is due imminently.
It is now considered appropriate to perform vaccinations as it is important to minimise the risk of an equine outbreak during this extended period of lockdown but in all circumstances this maywill only be done where it is considered safe to do so. Permitted vaccinations will not include 6 month competition booster vaccinations which are not deemed to be essential at this current time.
Safety and distancing measures for vaccinations and other services where applicable will include :
– ensuring that your horse is tied up waiting prior to arrival
– the passport should be left out ready beside the stable/horse
– where a client is present this should be ONE person per visit (strictly no children or pets are to be present)
– a physical distance of 10m will be maintained where possible
– we will liaise with you across a 10m distance or by telephone
– if you are self-isolating or confirmed to have Covid 19 you SHOULD NOT be present at all and we will consider bringing a second practice member to assist safely
*IF YOU THINK THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE MAINTAINED PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH US BEFORE WE ARRIVE*
This does not mean that we can return to business as normal and we will assess all work remotely before determining if a visit is necessary. Wherever possible work will be by telemedicine consultations/phone calls. If work is non-essential and in the short term, no significant impact on equine welfare is likely to occur, then that work should continue to be delayed in line with the current RCVS advice. (This will include routine dental work, pre-purchase examinations, low grade lameness and poor performance investigations).
We are doing everything we can to safeguard human and equine health and welfare and to comply with the government guidelines. We are keen to provide your horses with the care they may need but we will ensure at all times that we can ensure the safety of our vets and nurses, your own health and that of the general public. Thank you for all your help in complying with these regulations and for your loyalty to the practice in these difficult times.
We have great respect for our medical colleagues and we are extremely concerned about the continuing pressures that the coronavirus outbreak is putting on the NHS and the most vulnerable members of our society. It is imperative that we continue to protect our staff, clients and their families and to be socially responsible and we will do everything we can to continue to uphold the directions of the government to help control the spread of Covid-19.
This advice will be kept under constant review and updated in line with government guidelines.
In accordance with current government guidelines, we will only be able to provide on-site emergency veterinary care.
We can now offer telemedicine consultations to provide the best veterinary support for you and your horse. We can arrange a telemedicine consultation to allow you to access veterinary care at this time.
Our telemedicine service will enable us to assess your horse, answer your queries and to help you provide the best care for your animals.
If you would like a telemedicine consultation with one of our vets, please call the practice on 01428 723594 to book an appointment. All telemedicine consultations will be charged.
Make sure all your horses’ needs are covered in case you have to self-isolate or are taken ill.
Click here to download our care plan form to give to your yard or a friend who will look after your horse if you can’t.
Just to reassure everyone with samples they wish to submit that we are still offering a full laboratory service. Our protocols have changed considerably in view of essential measures regarding coronavirus, but the only change you might notice is the telephone system will divert to various admin staff working from home now so please allow a few more rings than normal. We are all in close communication using remote means and will be able to deal with queries as well as samples as normal. I hope you are all managing at this difficult time.
Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement last night and at this time of National Emergency our vets will be doing emergency work only with immediate effect.
As vets, our jobs are about protecting animal health and welfare but we now find ourselves in a position where it also our duty to do everything we can to protect human health, particularly those in our community who are most at risk.
We will be ensuring that any of our employees that can work remotely from home. As these employees make the transition, we might see an impact on wait times for our phone or email service today (Tuesday 24th March). We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this together.
We are committed to providing a service for those animals in genuine need of emergency care. Our vets and staff will obviously continue to be available on the phone to give you advice and discuss any concerns you may have about your horse’s health.
Stay at home and stay safe!
We hope you are all well and following government guidelines to stay safe whilst taking time to enjoy the companionship of your horses in these challenging times.
As vets, our jobs have always been about protecting animal health and welfare but each day we have seen new and essential guidance from the government. We now find ourselves in a position where it also our duty to do everything we can to protect human health, particularly those in our community who are most at risk.
Consequently we have reached the decision to stop all non-essential work.
We are cancelling all booked in work thereby limiting the movement of individuals and potential spread of COVID-19. This morning we will be contacting everyone with appointments already booked in. We expect our phone to be very busy so please wait for us to contact you.
We ask that if one of our vets does have to come to visit your horse in the event of an emergency that you ensure that you maintain excellent social distancing and we will work to do the same.
Your horse’s welfare is very important to us, as is the health of everyone in our community. If you are concerned about your horse’s health in any way, please phone our office in the first instance and we will be very happy for one of our vets to speak to you and give you advice.
Covid -19 & Liphook Equine Hospital
We appreciate that with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic through the UK that this is a worrying time for everyone. As the prevalence of the virus increases in the UK, we want to reassure you that we are taking precautions to ensure that we can continue to be available to look after our equine patients.
So what are we doing?
How can you help us?
As the current situation is rapidly changing, we will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.
We are very pleased to announce that the final set of test results from the horses at Liphook Equine Hospital have all come back perfectly clear.
Although we took the cautious step of temporarily closing our hospital to ensure no risk to the wider equine community, we are now fully confident that there is no infectious threat from either the hospital or the horses that have been staying here. Consequently the Hospital is now open again for business as usual.
We thank all of our clients and our veterinary colleagues for their understanding, support and patience over the last couple of weeks and of course to the team at Liphook who have worked so hard to ensure this outcome.
We send our best wishes to everyone at other yards currently awaiting test results. Please continue to follow the advice of your own veterinary surgeon regarding your personal circumstances.