Corona Virus Update 19 May 2020

Following consultation with our colleagues at Scott Mitchell Associates, Intake Veterinary Services, Robson Prescott and Alnorthumbria Vets we are developing a strategy to enable us to move through the Governments Covid 19 Recovery plan and begin to adjust and expand the services we offer but we must acknowledge that veterinary practices are still not operating business as usual.  Our priority remains the safety of our workforce and control of virus spread amongst the population.

We will continue to risk assess each case and each request for care.  We have measures in place to enable treatment to take place while social distancing is observed. Clients who request a visit will be offered help on how to manage the vet visit and their own safety preparations.  We hope that with the cooperation and support of our clients we will be able to carry out nearly all our normal services in a safe and efficient manner.

Corona Virus Update 29 March 2020

As expected in these unprecedented times the advice from our Governing bodies has changed. 

On Monday 23rd March the Prime Minister declared the country was in lockdown in a bid to combat the Covid 19 pandemic and provide support to our NHS, thus preventing many, many deaths.  As a result, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (our professional governing body) quickly responded, advising all veterinary surgeons up and down the country on how they must act.

The advice is that veterinary surgeons must immediately reduce face to face contact, switching to providing urgent and emergency care only, fulfilment to urgent prescriptions and maintaining a food supply.

In the light of the situation we are all facing, we intend to email all clients to explain the strategies and plans we are putting in place to ensure we can continue to provide services to the equine community.

The clinic is manned with minimal staff, with strict protocols in place at all times.
If you need to attend the clinic for medication collection, we ask that you telephone first and we will advise you of the procedure to follow.

In order to deliver the best possible health care service for your pets whilst safeguarding the welfare of our team and the general public we have decided to take the following responsible steps:

  • If your horse or pony is unwell or you feel it needs to be seen please telephone the practice, our qualified staff will then decided the best course of action, offering telephone advice or if absolutely necessary a visit to the clinic or yard.
  • On arrival at the clinic please inform staff by telephoning from your car to say that you have arrived. Please wait outside.
  • We have taken the decision to lock the entrance door and restrict access to the practice at any given time
  • If you are admitting a horse for specialist care, you will hand the horse to the nurse at your transport. You will not be able to accompany your horse.
  • During the handover, you will be asked to respect social distancing at all times.
  • We will liaise with you throughout treatment as appropriate
  • If a visit is necessary, only one symptom free handler is to be present and that person must respect social distancing throughout the examination and treatment. Please wash your hands immediately prior to the vets arrival.
  • All treatment is to be paid at the time by card or immediate BAC’s transfer.
  • Medication can be ordered in the normal way.  We continue to post medication, but delivery is expected to take longer than normal. Payment will be expected. 
  • Digital prescriptions are available. Health screening will be carried out via telephone consultation where appropriate.
  • Medication can be collected by prior arrangement. Please telephone the practice to arrange collection.
  • We need to know if the horse has been in contact with anyone suffering from Coronavirus symptoms.
  • Lastly and most importantly, do NOT attend the practice or meet your vet for consultation if you are unwell or if you are in contact with anyone with Coronavirus symptoms. 

Welcome to Bearl Equine Clinic’s website. We hope this new site helps you learn more about the team, our facilities and the services we offer.

As a dedicated equine veterinary practice it is our aim to provide first class, quality care across all our services from routine health care and vaccinations to emergency colic surgery. We have some of the most sought after specialist facilities in the region and welcome surgical and diagnostic referrals from across the North of England.

If you don’t find the information you need here on the site please don’t hesitate to give us a ring or use the contact form direct from this site.

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