Information for insurers
We provide an ambulatory/”mobile” surgical service to general practices. We charge a flat fee per procedure to the host veterinary practice for our services. This fee is not made up of a number of other smaller charges but is a single fee for the surgical procedure and all associated work. Included in the fee are:
- Travel to and from the practice from our base for all our staff
- Consultation with the owner performed by an RCVS Recognised Specialist or RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner if required
- Professional fees for examination of the animal, performing sedation, induction of anaesthesia by a vet, and monitoring of anaesthesia by a Registered Veterinary Nurse.
- Professional fees for assessment of radiographs by an RCVS Recognised Specialist or Recognised Advanced Practitioner if required.
- Professional fees for performing a surgical procedure by an RCVS Recognised Specialist or Recognised Advanced Practitioner if required.
- Use of a multi-parameter monitor
- Use of a patient warming device
- Use of surgical diathermy
- Use of surgical suction
- Use of orthopaedic drill (if required for procedure)
- Intravenous antibiotics (if given)
- Consumable items required for the procedure, including but not limited to antiseptic scrub, drapes, gowns, gloves, swabs, suction tubing, scalpel blades, needles, hats, masks and suture material. For some orthopaedic procedures, the cost of implants (e.g. pins, plate and screws) is also included in the fee. If it is not included it will be specifically itemised as an additional item.
- Local anaesthetic for local nerve blocks if performed
- Performing nerve blocks for analgesia using a peripheral nerve stimulator, all associated equipment
- Written report to the client
- Follow up advice to the practice as required
- Sterilisation of instruments required for the procedure
Not included in the Surgeon-on-Site fee are:
- Laboratory tests (e.g. pre-GA blood tests, histopathology examination
- Sedative drugs
- Anaesthetic drugs
- Use of anaesthetic machine, oxygen
- Post-operative drugs (e.g. antibiotics, analgesia)
- Use of the host practice preparation area
- Use of the host practice operating theatre
- Nurse time for nurses employed by the host practice
- Vet time for vets employed by the host practice
- Hospitilisation of patient (day or overnight)
- Follow-up checks (e.g. suture removal, wound checks
- Use of radiography facilities
We would expect the practice to charge fees to the client for some or all of these items in addition to our fee.