HRH Princess Alexandra, PDSA Patron, today (Thursday 14 July 2011) formally opened the veterinary charity's new PetAid hospital in Sunderland.
HRH Princess Alexandra, PDSA Patron, today (Thursday 14 July 2011) formally opened the veterinary charity’s new PetAid hospital in Sunderland.
During Her Royal Highness’s visit to the Sunderland PDSA PetAid hospital, The Reay Hudson Centre, off North Hylton Road, Her Royal Highness met the veterinary staff and support team, along with the charity’s clients and their pets, volunteers and donors.
Welcoming Princess Alexandra were the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mr Nigel Sherlock, along with PDSA Chairman Mr Michael Bolton, PDSA Trustees, PDSA Director General Mrs Jan McLoughlin, and PDSA Directors.
The Princess toured the hospital, unveiled a commemorative plaque and signed the visitors’ book. A posy of flowers was presented by Robyn Nolan, a member of PDSA’s Pet Protectors Club.
The state-of-the-art hospital first opened its doors to pet patients last December. It houses dedicated dental and diagnostic theatres, six consulting rooms, a digital x-ray room, a critical care ward for infectious cases, feline and canine recovery kennels, and a separate recovery ward for rabbits and other small pets.
The facility cost the charity around £1.6 million to build and equip. Its advanced features include a variety of ‘green’ facilities, including solar panels, rainwater recycling and individual room temperature controls, to reduce heating costs.
In recognition of the generosity of the late Mr Derek Reay Hudson, a PDSA benefactor, the PetAid hospital bears the name, The Reay Hudson Centre.
PDSA first came to Sunderland in 1952 when the charity opened a dispensary on Chester Road. It moved to the previous location on Kings Road, Southwick, in 1989. By 2009 demand for the charity’s service had risen and the Kings Road facility could no longer cope with the number of pet patients desperately needing PDSA’s help. In early 2010 work began on the brand new PetAid hospital, which now treats around 130 pets every working day.