SCVS Hampshire Vet Hospital redevelopment
£10m Expansion Underway At Hampshire Vet Hospital
One of the largest specialist vet referrals centres in the UK, Southern Counties Veterinary Specialist (SCVS) in Ringwood, Hampshire, is undergoing an extensive expansion, doubling the current premises to 30,000 ft2.
The 200-strong team at SCVS will be provided with a state-of-the-art referral hospital, beautifully designed to be complement the stunning surroundings of the New Forest National Park.
The improvements are part of a programme of extensive group-wide investment into referral services and staff by IVC Evidensia.
The SCVS redevelopment is the largest in the investment programme and this latest phase is expected to complete in October 2022.
Key to the development is the addition of a new two-storey building which will add an inviting new reception and waiting area, with a private waiting room for sensitive cases, multiple new consulting rooms, as well as additional out-patient procedure rooms and extensive new equipment.
Cats will be well looked after at the facility, with a dedicated cat-friendly waiting area and a cat-only consulting room to minimise owners’ stress when visiting the hospital with their pets.
Stephen Collins, Hospital Director and Specialist Cardiologist at SCVS, states:
“We are very excited about the developments at our Ringwood Hospital and are looking forward to opening our doors later this year. We have an amazing team of people at SCVS, and I am delighted we now have a facility that will provide them with the very best working environment as well as more space to allow us to expand the services we offer.
“After two long years of Covid restrictions, we are very much looking forward to inviting clients into this fabulous facility and providing them, and their pets, with the exceptional care they deserve.”
As well as an increase in the number of pets across the UK, the pandemic pet boom has seen a shift in mindset of owners as they increasingly look for more advanced treatment options to pet health situations.
The SCVS hospital will benefit from a brand-new operating theatre complex which will include five new theatres, all with advanced equipment to expand the level of treatment offered on site, including orthopaedic, soft tissue, neurology and interventional cardiology theatres.
The development will also see the addition of a new physiotherapy and hydrotherapy suite, with brand new water treadmill, dedicated consulting room and large arena area with gait analysis capability.
Training and developing future talent is also a cornerstone of SCVS’s ambitions. Collins added: “We are particularly excited about our new lecture theatre. SCVS has one of the largest resident and intern training programmes within the IVC Evidensia group, so we are delighted to now have a new lecture room to further enhance our teaching capabilities. We are also very much looking forward to sharing this area, providing high quality CPD events for our vet and nurse colleagues in the region.
“These additional buildings, as well as equipment and staff investment will provide us with the resources to further enhance the referral services we provide, supporting our colleagues in practice and the local pet-owning community. We believe we will offer the very best professional and learning environment for vets and nurses, helping us to continue attracting the very best people in the veterinary field to SCVS.”
In addition to all the new clinical facilities, a new spacious staff area will provide the growing team at SCVS with a communal area to meet, relax and dine together. Kennel space for staff dogs has also been increased, further supporting SCVS’s ‘bring your dog to work” policy. A specific staff welfare area will also help ensure the very best working environment.
Once the new buildings open in October 2022, redevelopment of the existing hospital buildings will start. This area will be totally redesigned and refurbished, to create a new diagnostic imaging suite including new MRI facility (Siemens Altea 1.5T MRI), improved CT facility (Siemens 64-slice ECG-gated Somatom), brand new radiography suite and two dedicated ultrasound rooms. There will also be a dedicated ICU unit, new endoscopy and chemotherapy areas and a neurology area with dedicated EMG room.
The hospital is currently operating and is open to referrals from surrounding daytime vet practices, including pets which need more specialist treatment or out of hours care. For more information, visit https://www.scvetspecialists.co.uk/
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