Building a vet-ter future

PET owners could benefit from a 24-hour veterinary service. The Fairlight House Veterinary Surgery in Ditchmore Lane, Stevenage is relocating to Great Ashby Neighbourhood Centre in Whitehorse Lane in September and they have applied for animal hospital status which will mean a ve

PET owners could benefit from a 24-hour veterinary service.

Fairlight House Veterinary Surgery in Ditchmore Lane, Stevenage is relocating to Great Ashby Neighbourhood Centre in Whitehorse Lane in September and they have applied for animal hospital status which will mean a vet or nurse would be on call day and night.

The new facility, which will be called Great Ashby Surgery, will replace its current surgery in Roebuck Gate because the building is being sold.

Business manager Deborah Croyle said: "It gave us the perfect opportunity to look at a new building. Our current building is old and financially it makes more sense to start from scratch.

"The new facility will provide us with badly needed extra space which means we will have improved and more modern facilities enabling us to offer our customers more services.

"Not only will we have four consultation rooms, we will also have separate cat and dog waiting areas and wards and better parking.

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"We'll also be able to offer regular nurse clinics and we'll be able to accommodate people more easily in time slots they require. We will also have new pieces of equipment to diagnose things quicker due to the extra space.

"And if we are granted animal hospital status there will be someone on site 24 hours a day because, although we currently operate an out-of-hours service, we're not required to be here all the time.

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