COVID-19 ADVICE FOR OUR CLIENTS

Last modified: 17-07-2021

To All Our Lovely Clients,

Many people are asking us what our plans are for after 19th July, when the legal restrictions on mask-wearing and social distancing are to be lifted.

Currently infection rates in Wiltshire are rising and, with a young team, we will not all be fully vaccinated until September. Additionally, the lifting of the rules on self-isolating do not apply to us until September. Therefore, there is still a risk that we would have to close, or only be able to provide a much reduced service, if we were to be exposed to a positive case.

Our amazing team have worked incredibly hard throughout the last 16 months to provide high quality care under challenging circumstances. We are very grateful to our clients who have followed the safety measures that we ask of them. To keep our team safe and able to continue to provide the care your pets need, we will not be allowing clients into the building.

When you bring your pet to the practice, please report your arrival by Ping, our self check-in text service, or call at the Welcome van. We will collect your pet and discuss them with you by phone or in the car park. Please wear a mask at all times. Being fully vaccinated does not mean that one cannot carry or pass on the virus.

Pre-ordered medication may be collected, and payments made, at the van.

Thank you for your support and patience. Please bear with us and, hopefully, we will be seeing you indoors soon.

To help you to stay at home:
• You can have a PetsApp video consultation with one of our vets or nurses.
• We have delivery services for parasite control products and food through our website.
• You can use PetsApp chat to ask us any questions and just keep in touch.

If you need to bring your pet to the practice:
Rest assured that your safety is of great concern to us.
• Rest assured that your safety is of great concern to us. Please do not come to the practice if you, or anyone in your household, has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating. Please ask a friend to bring your pet and we will phone you at home.
• When you arrive in the car park, let us know you are here using the link from your appointment text, the Ping QR codes, PetsApp or telephone.
• We will collect your pet from you in a socially-distanced manner whilst wearing full PPE, examine them thoroughly and then discuss them with you over the phone or video app. We request that you wear a mask and respect 2 metre distancing whilst handing over and collecting your pet. Please have a charged mobile phone with you.

Thank you for your understanding, stay safe and take care.



Ian, Jacky and the Team

If you’d like to see our COVID-19 Risk Assessment, please click here.

New Services

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  • PetsApp webchat service: message us at any time to make appointments, ask questions, let us know you are in the car park or order food and medicines. The app can be downloaded from here.
  • Remote Consulting: We can also offer a consultation with a vet by telephone or via our webchat and video portal, PetsApp. We can often avoid the need for you to bring your pet to the surgery and, during this pandemic, we are permitted to prescribe medicines and treatment remotely.
  • Healthy Pets Club: now with Free Product Delivery
  • Our Vet.Shop: postal delivery for parasite control and food is now available for our clients.

If you need to come to the surgery:

  • To reduce the numbers of people waiting at the surgery, and therefore the spread of infection, please give us a call, self check-in on ReadyPing, or send us a PetsApp message when you have arrived outside the surgery, and we will let you know as soon as the vet or nurse is available to see you.
  • We will ask you to remain in your car while the vet or nurse brings your pet into the building and examines them. Cats and rabbits should be in a secure, clean basket and dogs on a lead that can easily be removed. The vet will then communicate with you by phone or video call. Please be sure to have a working phone with you.
  • You will be requested to pay at the time. We can accept all major credit cards remotely. We are not taking cash or cheque payments at this time.

This facebook video shows what social distancing measures we have in place so you know what to expect.


Vaccinations

Our team has been working hard since the last lockdown to get everyone’s boosters up to date. There was a big waiting list! but we managed to catch-up and are now contacting boosters for the coming month. If you are wondering if your pet is due a booster and annual health check, or you are concerned that you haven’t had a call, text or email from us, then please do send us a PetsApp message, or call 01380 728505.

Neutering

We are now able to offer all routine surgery including laparoscopic (keyhole) bitch spays.

Healthy Pets Club 

We can now offer a free upgrade to postal delivery on all your parasite control products. Our nurses continue to offer free nurse consultations by video. 

Repeat Medications

When appropriate the medication health check may be carried by video consult. Please give us 48hrs notice to process medicine requests. We are also happy to personally deliver medicines.


We kindly request owners not to bring their pets to the surgery:

• if you, or members of your household, are self-isolating because of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

•  if you have been confirmed, are suspected of COVID-19, or are self-isolating, and urgently need your pet to see a veterinary surgeon, please arrange for a friend or family member from outside your household to bring your pet to the surgery. We may not be able to make home visits in these circumstances. Please see further advice at the end of this document.


Clients who are shielding

We are also concerned to maintain our services for our most vulnerable clients. While we are hoping that everyone can stay healthy, we believe that having a plan in place gives great peace of mind. If you are in the category of ‘vulnerable’ (and we appreciate the official guidelines are changing rapidly) please consider taking the following steps:

•  Please make a plan for your pet’s everyday care in the event that you are taken into hospital. This way you can be reassured that you will have nothing to worry about for your pet’s wellbeing.

•  If you live alone, please ensure that there is a friend or family member who has a key to your house, in the event that your pet needs care in your absence. For more recommendations, please see our advice for older owners.

•  Please share any concerns about your plans with us, we are here to help.

•  you can consult the NHS and government websites for your personal health advice.


If you are diagnosed positive for the coronavirus:

•  If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them.

•  Keep cats indoors if possible and try to arrange for someone else to exercise dogs, taking care to restrict any contact with your dog walker and making sure that they practice good hygiene. This is to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease through environmental contamination on their fur or lead – there is no evidence that pet animals can spread the disease or that they become sick themselves.

•  If your pet shows any signs of illness, please call us for advice, before coming to the surgery.

•  If your pet requires emergency treatment, call us for further advice. Do not bring your pet to the surgery unless the vet instructs you to. You may need to arrange for someone else to transport your pet for treatment. We may not be able to make home visits in these circumstances.


This situation is evolving and changing rapidly, so we will continue to monitor the situation and update these guidelines as necessary.  We really appreciate your co-operation.

We will continue to endeavour to provide you and your pet the best possible care during this difficult time.

Thank you,

Ian, Jacky and the Team


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