COVID 19 GUIDELINES
(last updated 02/11/2020 - please check for regular updates)
The UK Government has confirmed that veterinary practices are permitted to
continue opening during the new '4 week lockdown' that came in to force on 5/11/2020.
Castle Veterinary Centre will continue to offer healthcare for the pets of our clients during this time.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE PRACTICE WILL BE OPEN FROM:
9AM to 5.30 PM WEEKDAYS, 9AM to 12PM ON SATURDAYS.
Please note: Collections of medicines will be limited to 9am to 3pm weekdays, and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.
Delivery of repeat medication is now available to registered clients.
(additional fee payable - see full details below).
Please can also we remind you that:
we do not offer appointments, changes of appointment or veterinary advice by email - please call us
we can only offer veterinary advice and treat animals that are registered with us.
Some good news in these difficult days of Covid19. Whereas we understand that some local veterinary surgeries have decided to close their doors during the pandemic and refer clients to neighbouring practices, Castle Veterinary Centre has remained open, working within the guidelines set by government and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and, unless illness prevents it, will continue to care personally for the health and welfare of your pet. For your safety and that of our staff, many patients can be triaged by video consultation. However when a pet needs to visit the surgery, while we ask that for just ONE person to bring the patient(s), we have instigated biosecurity measures that enable us to examine your pet in a consulting room where we have access to all equipment. We know that this is important to you as we’ve been asked for assurances that we won’t be merely injecting the patient in the back of your car. Similarly, where our clients have to face the euthanasia of a pet during the coronavirus pandemic, we have measures in place that will allow this will be done with the sensitivity and privacy that such a difficult situation warrants, and you will be able to say goodbye to your friend with dignity.
Following updated advice from the RCVS (Royal College Of Veterinary Surgeons) & BVA (British Veterinary Association), veterinary surgeons can now make professional judgements on the risks involved in treating animals for their health & welfare WHILST REMAINING VIGILANT TO ENSURE THE HEALTH & SAFETY OF OUR CLIENTS & STAFF.
Castle Veterinary Centre Ltd will do its best to look after the health & welfare of your pets while endeavouring to minimise the risk to both staff & clients. This includes providing puppies and kittens for their initial vaccinations; this is done initially by a video consultation to cover various aspects of puppy and kitten care before we arrange the face to face consultation for vaccination, and helps us to implement social distancing when you are in the practice.
Please note that when attending at the practice you must follow our strict policies to minimise spread of disease;
• Only one person allowed in the waiting room with each animal
• All owners must wear a face mask or face covering in the waiting room; we can provide face masks at minimum cost if necessary.
• Use the hand gel provided when entering waiting room
• Owners should arrive on time, and must not enter the building before their allotted appointment time
• Sit only on designated seating in the waiting room and observe social distancing at all times when inside the practice
• All payments to be made by debit/credit cards rather than cash
PLEASE TELEPHONE 0115 9417894 FOR FURTHER ADVICE
PLEASE RESPECT THE DECISIONS MADE BY THE VETERINARY PROFESSIONALS AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE MANY CLIENTS WHO HAVE EXPRESSED APPRECIATION FOR OUR EFFORTS, BUT CONTINUE TO BE DISAPPOINTED BY A FEW INDIVIDUALS WHO INSIST ON MAKING UNREASONABLE DEMANDS ON OUR SERVICES.
Video/telephone consultations have been introduced for clients who need urgent advice regarding their pet's health and where attending the surgery may be inadvisable. There is a consultation fee for this, with payment taken over the telephone in advance... please call for further details. Following the advice of the RCVS we MAY be able to prescribe any necessary medication after a video consult, but only to existing clients.
If owners cannot get in to collect drugs (for legitimate COVID19 related reasons) Castle Veterinary Centre can deliver repeat medications to registered clients. This is at the discretion of the practice & may take several days from ordering, as it will depend on having staff available to deliver the drugs. Clients will be phoned on the proposed day of delivery & given an appropriate time for delivery (i.e. early morning, mid afternoon etc) & they MUST be in to receive the drugs as we cannot leave them on the doorstep. We will not ask for a signature of receipt, but the person delivering will record the time of hand over & take the name of the recipient or record delivery by taking a photograph, from a 'Covid safe' distance. There will be a £10 delivery fee per pet, payable along with payment for the drugs at the time of ordering. Those of you with Pet Plan Insurance will be pleased to know that they have agreed to cover prescription medication delivery costs at this time. If you are insured with a different company, please check with them regarding cover for any delivery costs incurred.
ALL SERVICES OFFERED BY CASTLE VETERINARY CENTRE LTD ARE ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON THE AVAILABILITY OF HEALTHY STAFF & MAY BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW AT ANY POINT TO REDUCE THE SOCIAL CONTACT OF CLIENTS & STAFF TO A MINIMUM.
(last updated 02/11/2020 - please check for regular updates)
Services We Provide
Most of our investigative work is handled by outside labs; we believe that they give excellent results, offer a vast range of diagnostic services and give value for money; however we do have the facilities to perform the most urgent tests "in-house", and our lab equipment is used to good effect.
To help you provide a lifetime of care for your pet our nurses are able to offer helpful advice during nurse clinics. Our Pet Health Counsellor (PHC) service run by our nursing team helps answer the common questions that often crop-up about dogs and cats, and it compliments the veterinary side of things; a service we provide free of charge. Owners can obtain face-to-face advice on matters such as;
Advice before you buy a pet
Details about vaccinations, worming & flea control
How to avoid those all too common dental problems
Advice on healthy eating
Understanding the needs of elderly pets
Advice and support on mobility problems.
Whether your pet has a dental issue or is overweight, we have lots of treatment options available. We believe the key to your pet's long-term health is prevention. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
To help clients fully understand all aspects of their pet’s ailments and treatments, we have a wide range of information available, from pre- and post-operative instruction leaflets to loan videos for owners help them learn to give injections, i.e daily insulin, to their pet. If you require information on a particular topic, please ask, we're here to help.
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