ISLAND REFERRALS IS STILL OPEN DURING COVID-19 AND OFFERS “NO-CONTACT” CONSULTATIONS TO KEEP YOU SAFE WHILST YOUR ILL OR INJURED PET ACCESSES THE BEST POSSIBLE CARE, CLOSE TO HOME
Island Referrals can now offer an Internal Medicine and Cardiology service, run by Kit Sturgess, a RCVS-recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. We have installed on-site CT scanning allowing 3D imaging whenever needed, and have access to visiting MRI scanning for specific elective cases. Ophthalmology cases are also seen regularly on-site by RCVS-recognised Specialist Rob Lowe. Specialist orthopaedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, onco-surgery, and neuro-surgery services continue as before, but we are also now able to treat more complex cases, including spinal surgery, with the addition of these extra services. Please call 01983 214747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries or to refer a case.
Since opening in February 2018, Island Referrals has helped hundreds of pets through injury or illness, and is carefully adding new services and capabilities. This means that the island’s vets and pet owners now have local access to a versatile, specialist, referral centre, able to provide the highest level of care for the majority of pet ailments.
Covid-19 has impacted every person and business in the UK, and Island Referrals is no exception. The safety of the wider public, pet owners, and Island Referrals staff, are absolutely critical, and we are closely following all Government, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and British Veterinary Association, advice. Animal health and welfare are still critical to maintain and protect, and Island Referrals are able to provide full clinical services for ill or injured animals, and a full advice service for vets. We undertake a number of practical steps in order to minimise the risk of spreading the virus, such as having no-contact consultations and patient admission/discharge, and using careful social distancing policies in the work-place.
Our core specialist small animal surgical referral service is led by Ian Nicholson, and he has been joined by a visiting Internal Medicine Specialist, and a visiting Ophthalmological Specialist, and (on the day of lockdown) a new CT scanner, allowing a much broader and more holistic service to be offered, as below. We can now diagnose and treat the vast majority of canine and feline injuries and illnesses on-island, at the highest level, and offer a local, personal, service. Being close to home matters – it means less time travelling to and from the vets, less stress due to shorter hospitalisation times, visiting pets in hospital is straightforward, and (where needed in the event of ongoing illness or complications) readmission to hospital is quicker.