Archive for September 2017

CLINIC NURSE POSITION

CLINIC NURSE POSITION
Enthusiastic, equine veterinary nurse required to join our clinic nursing team. We are seeking a motivated, hardworking team player to be part of our busy referral hospital. The ideal candidate should have a strong interest in diagnostic imaging and theatre nursing.
There is a 1:5 out-of-hours on call commitment and the salary is commensurate with experience. We are interested to hear from individuals who have an excellent track record in horse care and horse handling with some experience of veterinary procedures and practice. EVN or RVN qualifications are highly desirable, but not essential.
The role is initially for a 6 month fixed term period, to cover absence in the team.
The position is based in our state-of-the-art equine hospital in Liphook Hampshire. Due to our rural location own transport is essential.
Applications, accompanied by a covering letter and CV, should be sent to Rosina Lillywhite, Clinic Nurse Manager, Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7JG or by email to rosina.lillywhite@theleh.co.uk.

Covid-19 Update: LATEST GUIDANCE

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.  

Individual risk assessments will be carried out before any visit and we will discuss with you the outcome of these to ensure that you fully understand the social distancing measures that must be put in place.  We will not arrange a visit until we are entirely happy that we can ensure the safety of all involved.

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.

Covis 19 – Equine vaccination policy

We are really sorry that it has been necessary to suspend equine vaccination during the current crisis. This is not a decision that we take lightly as our entire professional careers have centred upon animal welfare and protection against some nasty diseases such as equine influenza. However, we now find ourselves, having to act with human health at the top of our agendas and we strongly feel that it is important to do the right thing and limit social contact unless there is a current or imminent threat to equine welfare. We hope you agree that, although of great importance, equine vaccination is simply not a higher priority than limiting the spread of coronavirus amongst the human population. The risk of influenza and other equine infectious disease is also further limited in the coming months by the decreased activity and mixing that will inevitably occur.
 
Therefore, along with most other equine practices, we are crystal clear in our minds that routine vaccination is not an acceptable procedure currently. We are assured by the vaccine manufacturers that when the world returns to a more normal structure, that “vaccine amnesties” will then be offered to all such that a new course of vaccinations can be recommenced at the cost of a single booster.
 
We hope you understand and sympathise with our approach to vaccination. Beating human coronavirus should be THE priority for us all right now. Be assured that we will continue to deal promptly with any serious equine injuries and diseases through this difficult time.
 
Additionally, less serious issues can still be dealt with via contact by phone or facetime. If in any doubt then please do not hesitate to call us on 01428 723594 for advice.

Covid – 19 Telemedicine Consultations

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.

COVID 19: WHAT ARE YOUR HORSE’S NEEDS IF YOU ARE ILL OR SELF-ISOLATING?

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.

Covid-19 Update

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.

Covid – 19 Update

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!

COVID – 19 Update

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

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?

Ambulatory Vets

  • We are minimising contact between our ambulatory vets and other hospital staff so that if one of them falls ill, the risk of everyone else falling ill at the practice at the same time is minimised. Our ambulatory vets are working out of vehicles as normal but are basing themselves at home, with only essential trips into the hospital to restock their cars
  • Biosecurity is not a new concept for us in the equine industry, as many of you are only too aware, and so we continue to ensure that our strict biosecurity policies are maintained

Hospital

  • We will be asking office-based staff to work from home
  • We are aiming to reduce the number of personnel visiting the hospital. We  request that the number of people coming into the hospital with a horse is minimised and we will be doing more communications via telephone and email to avoid face-to-face contact
  • Enforcing social-distancing between staff and staff and clients as much as possible
  • Clients will be asked to wait in their cars or lorries rather than sit in the reception area
  • Visits to inpatients will be via prior appointment only
  • We have ensured that sufficient veterinary supplies are in stock and have a contingency plan to ensure that that continues

How can you help us?

  • We will be asking all clients requesting a visit to and visitors to the hospital a few basic questions to ensure that we are not exposed to unnecessary risk e.g. questions about recent travels; whether you feel unwell; whether you have been in contact with anyone else who is unwell. We are still happy to attend your horse but may have to take some extra measures to safeguard all involved
  • We would also be grateful if the number of personnel “horse side” is minimised where possible – it is difficult to screen unexpected “visitors” before we arrive thus potentially creating unnecessary risk for all
  • Please make sure you use the hand sanitisers available when you visit the hospital. Frequent hand washing is one of the most effective measures we can all take to protect ourselves and each other
  • If your health status changes AFTER a visit or appointment is arranged, please let us know
  • If you need to come to the  hospital for any reason (eg collect medication) please call ahead so the necessary precautions can be taken
  • We would like to avoid cash payments wherever possible so please bring you bank card for payment

 

As the current situation is rapidly changing, we will keep you updated with any changes as they occur.

 

Liphook Equine Hospital Open Again

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.