PDSA reveals plans for its new high-tech Sunderland animal hospital
Leading veterinary charity, PDSA, has today (Tuesday 13 October) unveiled the plans for its new state-of-the-art £1.6 million animal hospital in Sunderland.
The new PDSA PetAid hospital will be located on North Hylton Road, Castletown and will replace the current premises on Kings Road, Southwick which can no longer accommodate the high demand for PDSA services. The purpose-built hospital will give PDSA the capacity to treat the ever-increasing number of pets desperately needing the charity’s help.
Building work will commence early next year, with the hospital opening to pet patients by the end of 2010.
The site will be PDSA’s most advanced and eco-friendly facility to date. It will contain six consulting rooms, two operating theatres, a dental theatre, a digital X-ray room, a diagnostic laboratory, canine, feline and small furry pet recovery wards and a critical care unit for infectious cases.
Ian McClive, PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon at the current Sunderland PetAid hospital, says: “The veterinary team here in Sunderland are thrilled with the new hospital plans. The new facility will enable us to treat the growing number of pets that need our help in a state-of-the-art environment. This is fantastic news for Sunderland pet owners!”
PDSA opened its first dispensary in Sunderland on Chester Road in 1952, this was replaced by the present day PetAid hospital in 1989. The veterinary team currently treats around 100 pet patients every day and provided over 46,000 free treatments to local pets in 2008, ranging from emergency operations to routine dental care.
Ian continues: “The hospital will cost PDSA £1.6 million to build and equip. PDSA is planning a number of fundraising events in the coming months, but we’re hoping the local community will support us by fundraising or donating whatever they can to help us reach our target.”
PDSA receives no government or lottery funding and relies entirely on public support. To find out how you can help PDSA reach its £1.6 million target please call freephone 0800 917 2509 or visit www.pdsa.org.uk/sunderlandappeal