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What can I do round Burton on Trent while I wait?

If you’ve come from afar, there are interesting things to do around Burton on Trent, here are plenty of things to do to keep you occupied.

The cathedral is well worth a look.

The National Memorial Arboretum is just a couple of miles up the A38.

Burton on Trent town centre is really nice with shops, boutiques and plenty of places to eat and drink

Can I have a surgical procedure done by West Midlands Referrals surgeons at my own local vet practice?

Very possibly! We offer a mobile surgical service where we go out to practices with all of the kit and equipment needed for surgical procedures. We travel as far afield as Doncaster, Peterborough, Manchester, Worcester and the Welsh Borders. This service is suited to elective procedures like cruciate ligament surgeries, patella surgeries and some soft tissue cases. The mobile service isn’t suited to urgent cases like spinal surgery because there is usually a modest waiting time before we can come out, and we prefer to have “hands-on” for the aftercare of some cases rather than doing the surgery and then losing the direct contact with the case as we head home. We can only do some cases, like hip replacements, at Burton on Trent. 

When cases are seen at your own veterinary practice, the aftercare is almost always carried out there too, including check-ups and repeat x-rays.

Where cost is an issue, it is usually cheaper for surgery to be done at Burton on Trent because travelling around is an inherently less efficient way of working for us.

Some clients have noted on our website that we offer fixed prices for surgeries done at Burton on Trent. These fixed prices include all follow up x-rays and consultations. See elsewhere in the FAQs for details. Fixed prices are unusual in the veterinary industry, and it is unlikely that your own vet will offer fixed prices and follow up x-rays free of further charge unless you have agreed this with them in advance.

Cases done as mobile surgeries at a client’s home practice will almost always have the follow up consults and x-rays done there too. We have a hand-held x-ray generator at Burton on Trent that we use for taking follow up x-rays for many orthopaedic procedures as outpatients, without the need for sedation etc. We can use this, if necessary, for the follow up x-rays on cases that were operated on as “mobile” cases at their own practice. But these cases would obviously need to travel to Burton on Trent for the follow up. There would be a modest charge for such follow up radiography as our fixed price system is for cases that we originally operated on at Burton on Trent.

How long have West Midlands Referrals been doing referral work and how much experience do you have?

West Midlands Referrals opened in June 2011. Prior to that, Jon and Andy had been doing surgical referral work since 2004 and 2000 respectively. We might well see 10 fracture cases and do 10 stifle surgeries like cruciate ligament ruptures and patella luxations each week. Soft tissue surgeries on the ear canal, perineal hernia repair, laryngeal tie backs and tumour resections are frequently seen. We do spinal surgery every week or two. Joint replacements occur perhaps every other week. Twelve-hour days are far from uncommon for the vets. So yes, we keep busy!! Have a look at our case studies section to give an idea of the range and depth of the surgery that we do in the disciplines of orthopaedics, soft tissue, spines and ophthalmology.