Veterinary Professional

Emergency and Critical Care

Visit our Emergency and Critical Care service.

We have a fantastic new ICU and Emergency Room as well as new team members in our Specialist-led ECC team.

This has allowed us to open our new Emergency Receiving Service for a seamless level of service and care for your emergency cases.

Referring vets will now come directly to our ECC clinicians to briefly discuss a case as they accept your emergency.

This new service will run from 8.30am to 10.00pm 7 days a week from November 2023!

For any emergency please call 01638 572012 and your case will be prioritised.

Our Emergency and Critical Care Service is run by American, European and/or RCVS Recognised Specialists in Emergency and Critical Care. They also benefit from a team of dedicated specialist veterinary nurses.

Our team is growing rapidly and, within a dedicated Intensive Care Unit, provides an advanced level of care to critically ill patients, saving the lives of pets that would otherwise not have responded to conventional treatments.

The service works closely with all the other specialties in the hospital to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to complex cases, enabling the best possible care.

Advanced therapeutic procedures including mechanical ventilation, tailored transfusion medicine, critical care nutrition (including parenteral nutrition), advanced cardiovascular monitoring and support are all available.

The service also benefits from several high flow nasal oxygen therapy units. This is an emerging technique that can offer life-saving support to patients with severe respiratory disease that are not responding to conventional oxygen therapy and, in selected cases, may be an alternative to mechanical ventilation.

A selection of extracorporeal therapies, including dialysis for acute renal cases, plasmapheresis to treat a range of immune-mediated diseases, haemoperfusion to treat intoxications and ultrafiltration to manage patients with severe refractory congestive heart failure will also be offered in the near future.

The team work closely with owners and referring veterinary surgeons to keep them updated and informed throughout the period of hospitalisation.

The Critical Care service also provides palliative care to patients as appropriate and seeks to ensure that the best treatment option for a given pet and owner is provided at all times.