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OUR SERVICES  –
SPECIALISTS CLOSE TO HOME

Island Referrals aims to give you the best possible Specialist referral option, local to you and your clients.

Island Referral’s presence on the Island means that pets and their owners do not have to cross the Solent to reach a mainland centre the many times required for assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and follow-up – saving time, money and stress to all.

By being closer to home, patients can enjoy much earlier discharge from hospital after interventions, this is because they are only a few minutes around the corner in the unlikely event they need to be checked again.

 

EXCELLENCE, PERSONALISED CARE, AVAILABILITY
At the core of the Island Referrals team are RCVS-recognised Specialists. These vets are highly experienced in providing excellent value, case overview, holistic patient care and clear communication to you and your clients. Because the island is a relatively small pond, the overall numbers of ill or injured pets needing Specialist care is not large enough to allow for the creation of a 24-7-365 multi-disciplinary Specialist centre. Such centres can feel too big and impersonal, or worse become uncaring “production lines”, and so there is a great advantage to Island Referral’s smaller and more nimble size in terms of the personal connection to you, your clients, and their pets. It also means that your clients can normally be seen quickly: waiting times for non-urgent appointments are typically one to two weeks.

 

OVERVIEW, AND VALUE

Our Specialists are also generalists, in that their expertise is broad, and they all have significant experience working in a GP-Referral clinic setting. This means they are “in-touch” with life at the veterinary coal-face, and understand how important it is to provide value. They can also provide “joined up thinking” for cases with multiple problems or complex needs – something that is critical in order to reach the best possible outcome every time. These qualities can go missing in larger, more fragmented, referral centres.

 

GROWING SERVICES

Island Referral’s facilities, equipment, and nursing support are shared with Island VetCare, and they have grown, in a symbiotic manner, since 2018. New services will be added over time, and the current services expanded, wherever possible, in order to make Island Referrals as useful as possible to you. We cannot expect to be the right solution for every patient, every time, and so some patients will still need to be referred across the water for their needs to be met.

Please do consider Island Referrals first, to give your clients and their pets the opportunity to be diagnosed and treated to the highest standards, on-island.

Our Services

Our Specialists and Services are available as follows:

  • Orthopaedics – Mondays and Tuesdays (Fridays for urgent/emergency cases)
  • Soft Tissue Surgery – Mondays and Tuesdays (Fridays for urgent/emergency cases)
  • Oncology (cancer) work-ups and Oncosurgery – Mondays and Tuesdays (Fridays for urgent/emergency cases)
  • Neurology – Alongside MRI days, with Specialist Neurologist interpretation via telemedicine back-up, one day every four weeks
  • Neurosurgery – Mondays and Tuesdays (Fridays for urgent/emergency cases)
  • Ophthalmology – One day every two weeks
  • Ophthalmic surgery – One day every two weeks
  • MRI – One day every four weeks
  • CT – every day, with Specialist interpretation via telemedical back-up (Specialist present with CT cases Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Endoscopy – most days as Outpatient Referral, with Specialist interpretation via telemedical back-up (Specialist present with scope cases Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Scope-Assisted Surgery – Mondays, Tuesdays (Fridays for urgent/emergency cases)
  • Minimally-invasive biopsy – Mondays, Tuesdays (Fridays for urgent/emergency cases)