PDSA opens its most advanced ever PetAid hospital in Liverpool

PDSA opens its most advanced ever PetAid hospital in Liverpool

Tails were wagging in Liverpool today (Monday 29 September) as leading veterinary charity, PDSA, opened its new, state-of-the-art Kirkdale PetAid hospital. The new facility will treat hundreds of sick and injured pets every day; pets whose owners are unable to meet the cost of private vet bills.

PDSA Deputy Chairman, Chris Heaps, joined the charity’s Director General, Jan McLoughlin, and veterinary staff to cut the ribbon and declare the PetAid hospital open to pet patients at 10.30am. Legendary Liverpool comedian and PDSA supporter, Ken Dodd, also paid a visit to the PetAid hospital to tour the new facilities and meet veterinary staff.

Named The Jeanne Marchig Centre after one of the charity’s main benefactors, the PetAid hospital cost around £1.5 million to build and equip. It is PDSA’s first ‘green’ facility. Its eco-friendly features include solar panels and rainwater recycling. It also has large west-facing windows and individual room-temperature control to reduce lighting and heating costs.

The new PetAid hospital replaces out-dated and out-grown PDSA premises on Richmond Terrace, Everton, and is the most advanced PDSA facility in the UK. It is the first to house both dental and diagnostic theatres for pet patients. It contains six consulting rooms, a digital X-ray room, feline and canine recovery wards, a critical care ward for infectious cases and a separate recovery ward for rabbits and small furry pets; another first for PDSA.

Stephen McArdle, Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Kirkdale PetAid hospital, says: “We are delighted that the Kirkdale PetAid hospital is now open, it is the result of years of hard work, determination and fundraising from PDSA staff and supporters.

“So many pet owners rely on PDSA PetAid services, the staff and I are excited to start work in our new, state-of-the-art PetAid hospital, which will enable us to treat even more sick and injured pets in Liverpool for many years to come.”

PDSA has been providing its free veterinary service to Liverpool pet owners since 1927. Together, the Kirkdale and existing Huyton PDSA PetAid hospital will treat around 300 sick and injured pets every day on Merseyside.

PDSA receives no government or lottery funding for its PetAid services and relies entirely on public support, such as donations, legacies and trading. As well as free veterinary treatment, all PetAid hospitals now provide a range of preventive treatments, including vaccinations, neutering, flea and worm treatments, and microchipping for an accessible charge.

To be eligible for PDSA help, pet owners must be in receipt of either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit and live within the designated postcode catchment area of a PDSA PetAid service. The catchment area for the new Kirkdale PDSA PetAid hospital is L1-13, L15, L17, L20-23, L29-30, L38 and CH41-CH49.

To make an appointment at Kirkdale PetAid hospital or to enquire about eligibility please call 0151 933 6260.


29/09/2008


PDSA opens its most advanced ever PetAid hospital in Liverpool

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