The emergency service at Lumbry Park is currently one of three private hospitals in the UK with a service lead by a specialist in emergency and critical care.
The emergency service provides one streamlined initial point of contact and works closely with the other disciplines within the hospital to receive all same-day (emergency) and critical care referrals also providing urgent telephone advice to general practice.
A specialist has specific training dedicated to treating life-threatening injury and disease and initial investigation of a wide range of conditions. The additional training in emergency techniques can be life-saving and enable stabilisation prior to internal transfer to other services or ongoing critical care.
This can also provide rapid access to concerned owners or a primary practice veterinary surgeon requiring urgent referral to another specialty for which a routine appointment may not be possible on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to primary case management supervision and guidance for the emergency veterinary team out of hours is provided when necessary.