Follow-up

All surgical cases will usually require a follow-up appointment at your practice 10 days postoperatively to assess wound healing and remove any sutures/staples. Patients discharged with dressings and external skeletal fixators will often need regular appointments at your practice to ensure adequate postoperative management up until their scheduled follow-up appointment at the Grove. Care of these patients is normally outlined in our referral reports, however should there be any confusion, or our instructions are unclear then please contact us to clarify our intentions. Often clients perception of what is required is slightly different to what we intended or have indicated in our reports!

The majority of cases referred will also require a further follow-up appointment at the Grove 4-6 weeks after the initial consultation or until we are happy that cases no longer require the attention of our specialist services. This usually involves a 20 minute consultation/examination with the primary case surgeon to ensure continuity of care. Many orthopaedic cases require follow-up radiographs which necessitates sedation. These can be performed on an out-patient basis but clients should be expected to leave their pets with us for most of the day.

Referring vets will receive a follow-up written report outlining progress, any additional treatment/medication or further appointments. This will usually be processed within 24 hours of the appointment.