Coronavirus update: PDSA Petsurance Policy Holders
We're aware that there is uncertainty over whether businesses and veterinary practices will stay open and of the concerns about how coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact on pet owners and their pets. We strongly advise that before going to your veterinary practice you call the FREE PDSA Petanswer line on 0303 334 0611 which uses a remote working veterinary team.
Your call will be answered quickly by one of the expert vet nurses working across the UK, who are all registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). You will be asked a series of questions in order to understand the situation and to identify any life-threatening symptoms for your pet. Once that is completed, the nurse will triage and provide advice about what to do next. PDSA Petanswer is there for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year!
Making a call to PDSA Petanswer will help save you the time, cost and stress of unnecessary trip to the vet: with the correct advice, two out of three pet owners that are triaged don’t need to go to their vet immediately.
Equally important, your nurse can identify if a situation is more urgent. In that case they will advise you to go to the vet ASAP, which could save your pet’s life.
Pet owners are being reminded not to bring their pets to see their vet if they are self-isolating because of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 and will need to identify somebody else to take their pet to the vets in case of an emergency. For more information on Covid-19 visit our web pages here: https://www.pdsa.org.uk/coronavirus-pdsa-updates
The Petanswer service is FREE to PDSA Petsurance Policy Holders, please have your policy number to hand as you will be asked to quote this to access the service.
If you have a question about your PDSA Petsurance policy, or need to make a claim, you can contact us by phone:
0333 234 0599 (lines are open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm.)
(8am-8pm weekdays / Saturday 9am-2pm): 0333 234 0605
(8am-6pm weekdays / Saturday 9am-2pm): 0333 234 0599
(8am-8pm weekdays / Saturday 9am-2pm): 0800 980 6000
Or write to:
PDSA Pet Insurance
The Connect Centre
If your pet is poorly or has been involved in an accident, you will want to take care of it as soon as possible. By following these simple steps you can be confident your pet will be in safe hands and your insurance policy may take care of the cost:
First and foremost take your pet to the vet. We want them to be in safe hands as soon as possible.
Call us free of charge on 0333 234 0599. Our lines are open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-2pm. One of our customer contact agents will ask you for some details and explain how to continue with your claim.
Fill in your relevant sections and sign it. Ensure the form is dated following the last day of treatment.
Pass the claim form to your vet to complete their relevant sections and sign it. We also need them to attach any invoices and your pet’s full clinical history.
Pay for your pet’s treatment (unless you have agreed with your vet that it is ok for us to pay them directly.)
You or your vet should then send the completed claim form together with copies of the vet’s bills and your pet’s full clinical history to us at:
PDSA Pet Insurance
The Connect Centre
Upon receipt of your form, we’ll assess your claim and send you/your vet a cheque (less any deductions for the excess or items not covered) as soon as it’s approved. In normal circumstances this is within 10 working days.
As part of all PDSA Pet Insurance policies, you'll get access to a range of helplines, to support you with every aspect of pet care.
You will have access to expert advice from a team of vet nurses, available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about your pets health or wellbeing. This helpline provides advice on common illnesses, including vomiting, diarrhoea and skin problems. Help with minor issues including, fleas, exercise and diet. Advice on specific events such as going abroad, disease and poisoning. The helpline provides out of hours support when your local vet is closed.
Vet finder service
If you or your pet are away from home while in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and your pet needs urgent veterinary care, PDSA Pet Insurance gives you access to our helplines so we can identify the nearest vet for you.
This is an understanding, confidential and professional service. You can talk for as long as you need to about the death or illness of your pet. The service provides help and advice to address the symptoms brought about by bereavement and is available 24 hours a day, 364 days a year.
Lawyers are available to provide advice and explain legal issues in plain English and in a friendly and helpful way. They're on hand to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A service to help you to find a registered Pet Minder close to your home, whether you need someone to look after your pet for a few minutes or for weeks.
PetWise Pet Health Hub
For advice and guidance from our vets and vet nurses on a variety of symptoms and conditions in pets, visit the Hub.
We are committed to providing you with an exceptional level of service and customer care. We realise, however, that things can go wrong and there may be occasions when you feel that we have not provided the service you expect. When this happens we want to hear about it so that we can try to put things right. Although it can help to make complaints in writing we are happy to receive complaints communications in whatever form or medium is appropriate for your circumstances.
The most important factors in getting your complaint dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible are to be sure you are talking to the right person, and that you are giving them the right information. If a dispute regarding your policy or claim does arise, the first step is to talk to a member of the Customer Service Team. This can be done either by telephoning us or by letter if you prefer.
Telephone: Customer Service – 0333 234 0605 Claims – 0333 234 0599
The Connect Centre
Where we are unable to resolve your complaint by the end of the third working day after receipt, you can expect the following from us:
- Acknowledgement of your complaint in writing within 5 working days of receipt. This will state who is handling the complaint.
- We will aim to resolve your complaint within 4 weeks of receipt, unless the matter is very complicated, such as where other organisations need to be contacted. Where this is the case, we will still let you know what action is being taken and tell you when we expect to provide you with a final response.
- Our goal is to ensure that you receive a final response letter within 8 weeks of receipt of your complaint. If we are still unable to provide you with a final response at this stage, we will write to you explaining why, and advise when you can expect a final response. At this point you may refer your complaint to The Financial Ombudsman Service (see below).
What is a final response?
This letter should clarify the final position in relation to your complaint and any actions agreed going forward.
The Financial Ombudsman Service
What you should know
You may go directly to The Financial Ombudsman Service with your complaint but the Ombudsman will only review your complaint at this stage with your insurer's consent. However, we are still required to follow the procedure and timeframes stated above in the Response Time section.
If more than 8 weeks from the date of your complaint has passed and you have not received a final response, you may refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service.
If you have received a final response but are dissatisfied, you have the right of referral to the Financial Ombudsman Service within 6 months of the date of the final response letter. You may refer to the Financial Ombudsman Service beyond this time limit if your insurer has provided consent.
The Financial Ombudsman Service will let you know that they have received your complaint and what the next steps will be.
The Financial Ombudsman Service
Telephone: 0300 123 9 123
The Financial Ombudsman Service will consider your complaint totally impartially and we are bound by their decision.
If you are dissatisfied with the way your complaint has been handled, you can use the Online Dispute Resolution Platform (ODR) to submit your complaint for an independent assessment - click here.
PDSA Petsurance is a trading name of Insurance Factory Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (No. 306164). Registered in England and Wales Number 02982445. Registered Office: Markerstudy House, 45 Westerham Road, Bessels Green, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 2QB.