WIGAN HOSPITAL 

"We are not just vets, we are a family".

SEPARATE CAT DOG WAITING AREAS

We like to reduce stress for both yourself and your pet wherever possible, this is why we support and are a gold standard cat friendly practice. You'll find directions to our cat and dog waiting areas on your arrival.

CONSULTATION ROOMS

Our state of the art consultation rooms are spacious and welcoming, with brightly coloured walls and on screen technology. This allows our veterinary surgeons to show images on screen for your interest. 

LABORATORY

Having an in house lab for the last 35 years we like to welcome the changes in veterinary medicine with new and modern technology. This allows us to run samples whilst you wait. We have machinery for cytology, microscopy and urinalyis. We have daily collections for further investagtive samples, giving us quick turn around in diagnosis and treatment for your pet. 

PREPARATION AREA AND KENNELS 

There are seventeen kennels including one walk-in. Fourteen have smoked glass doors. The reason for glass is the ease of keeping sterile and the smoked effect reduces the stress felt by the pet when recovering from surgery. The walk-in kennel is for our larger dogs and for long term in patients to exercise indoors. 

ORTHOPAEDIC OPERATING THEATRE

The table is a stainless steel table that can be adjusted to for a "V" and tilted to various angles. This allows the best positioning for the patient for the surgeon to more easily perform the surgery. All operations are monitored for oxygen level, heart and respiratory rate, temperature and carbon dioxide level. There is a viewer in the theatre to allow X Ray, MRI and any others images pertinent to the surgery to be displayed to the surgeon. Above the table on the operating light is a CCTV camera that records on the general CCTV system. Whilst the operations are recorded, they can also be viewed live from anywhere in the world by our senior vet, Richard Weston. Through this facility, he is able to advise and, if necessary, guide a surgeon through complex proceedures. 

SOFT TISSUE OPERATING THEATRE

Our modern operating table is designed with your pets best interest in mind. Our operating table is adjusted to a V shape that can be tilted to various angles for specific procedures. All procedures are monitored by one of our nurses, checking oxygen levels, anaesthetic levels, blood pressures, heart rates and respiratory rates. We have an image viewer in theatre that allows us to display images of both MRI and CT whilst operating to aid in the precision of surgery. We operate a CCTV camera above the operating light that records that can be viewed by our senior vet Richard Weston who can advise and guide a surgeon through complex procedures.

 

KOI POND

The pond was build in 1996 when there was a pet shop on the site. The soothing and calming nature of the fish and waterfall water noise meant that it was retained in the waiting room to make clients wait before consultations more relaxing. The biggest Koi in the pond is the original occupant being now 20 years old. Many of the others have been donated by clients whose fish have outgrown their own environments. 

XRAY SUITE

Following the modernisation of our new imaging suite, we have upgraded to state of the art x ray machine and dental Xray, with digital developing, and colour doplar ulstrasonography. The internet connectivity means the images can be reported on by European Diplomat imagining specialists to ensure no subtle changes in anatomy are missed. Our senior vet, Richard Weston spends more time out of the country these days, but through Internet connectivity, he is still able to view these images and reports and plan treatments with our experienced vets on site.

MRI & CT SCANNING

In 2004 we became the first primary opinion practice to install a MRI machine. In 2017 we opened our CT scanner. Today it they are used, not only by ourselves for our own clients, but also as an outpatients facility for all of the North West. We have clients from as far and Scarborough and South Wales. The benefit of MRI over X Ray is that it can identify soft tissue problems such as disc problems in the spine and tumours in the brain and elsewhere. It is not a cheap procedure but it makes decision making in case prognosis much more reliable.

CAR PARKING

Statistics show that a vast proportion of pet owners will visit the vets by car. We have just refurbished and expanded our car park for the benefit of our clients. We have room for ten clients at any one point in time. If a client cannot find a space then they should let the staff know so they can check that only clients of Anrich are using the car park

EDUCATION ROOM

Our academy lecture theatre is laid out to seat 20 staff or students. Most of the time our grooming school of up to ten students in a course is using the education room but it is used by the practice as well in our constant staff training program to ensure staff are always well trained and up to date with the latest information on treatments and products. Along with the computer and other technologies to assist in training, there is an extensive library of books and periodicals that keep staff and students alike well informed.  

DISPENSARY 

Waiting areas

Consultation Rooms

The pet and their owner's main contact with the practice and their vet is in the consulting room. In an attempt to improve and maximize the owners understanding of their pets condition and treatment required, both medical and surgical, a television connected to specialist programs has been installed. With Visiocare we can show videos of anatomy and surgical procedures to aid understanding of proceedures to be undertaken. Through Visbion, X rays and MRI scans can be shown and explained in minute detail. Also as our senior vet, Richard Weston, is sometimes out of the country, consultations can be conducted through Skype where clients require the need to access his experience at appointed times. 
 

Laboratory

Preperation Area and Kennels

There are seventeen kennels including one walk-in. Fourteen have smoked glass doors. The reason for glass is the ease of keeping sterile and the smoked effect reduces the stress felt by the pet when recovering from surgery. The walk-in kennel is for our larger dogs and for long term in patients to exercise indoors. The three kennels that are up by the operating theatres are for high risk patients that need constant monitoring so staff can watch them whilst passing during surgical procedures. The main prep table is for anesthetizing pets and clipping and sterilizing prior to moving into the sterile operating theatre. Also dirty operations, such as abscesses and dental work is carried out on this table. There is a secondary tub table that is used for potentially infectious procedures and post mortems.
 

There is an isolation ward with three kennels for infectious disease cases. Thankfully, since the outbreak of Parvovirus in 1978, there has not been a massive number of cases needing isolation so the ward is of more than adequate size. It has is own ventilation system so that air in the ward does not mix with the airspace of the rest of the hospital. 
 

Dog Grooming

The primary aim a pet owner has when they take their pet to a groomer is to clip and back the dog to make it look nice. As a result most grooming parlour's aim is to do just that. However, we started grooming thirty years ago for a very different reason. Most breeds that need grooming are also plagued with skin, ear, eye and dental problems, at the very least. Grooming was an excellent way to keep a management eye on these cases and was convenient and cost effective for the owner. Drip feeding advice in small amounts over a period of time was easier to understand and follow than to give a long explanation in a consultation. Anrich was the first veterinary practice to incorporate grooming as a service and slowly the profession has seen what a valuable service it is and many have followed.

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