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Terms And Conditions

We appreciate your trust and faith for entrusting your precious pet(s) to Geisert Animal Hospital.  This page highlights the  terms and conditions of using our services.  If the fo;;owing does not app;y or fulfill your criteria please contact us for clarification or explanation if required.

Registration: It is essential for us to maintain accurate records of our clients and patients.  In order to do this we will periodically ask you to confirm the details we hold.  If your details change, please inform us so we may ensure our database is as up to date as possible.

Fees: All fees, diets and drugs charges are subject to VAT at the current rate.

Methods of Payment: Itemised bills will be provided with every transaction.  Accounts are due for settlement at the end of the consultation, the discharge of your pet or upon collection of drugs/diets.  You may settle your account using: Cash; Credit/Debit card; Maestro, Solo, MasterCard, VISA, Delta, BACS etc.

Estimates of treatment costs: We will provide a written estimate on request as to the probable costs of a course of treatment.  Although the estimates are fairly accurate, they may vary from time to time depending on the nature of the treatment.

Settlement terms: Should an account not be settled within 7 working days, a reminder will be sent.  After due notice to you, the client, overdue accounts will be subject to our debt collection procedure and further charges may be levied in respect of costs incurred in collecting the debt: such as court fees, correspondence, court attendance, credit charges, phone calls, etc.  Any cheque returned by our bank as unpaid, any card payment not honoured, and cash tendered found to be counterfeit will result in the original account being returned to the original sum with further charges added in respect of bank charges and administrative costs.

Inability to pay: If for any reason you are unable to settle your account as specified, we ask you to discuss the matter as soon as possible with a senior member of staff.

Pet health insurance: We strongly supports the principle of insuring your pet against unexpected illness or accidents.  Please ask for details about insurance from any member of staff.  Please be aware that it is your responsibility to settle our account and then reclaim fees from your insurance company.

Consent: Written signed consent for procedures is required in all cases of admission to the hospital and any alterations will be agreed prior to action being taken.  Consent is also required for the use of medications in species for which they were not licensed e.g. rabbits, rodents and exotic species.  In this case a consent form will be provided to allow this to be done without asking for specific permission in each and every separate case.  T

Prescriptions: Under DTI regulations you may request written prescriptions for your pet’s medications and these will be issued subject to a fee.  However, you will be responsible for sourcing these medications from a suitable supplier and should bear in mind that delay in the start of treatment may not be in the best interests of the welfare of your pet.
Veterinary prescriptions are not covered by NHS charges and you will have to pay any supplier separately for these drugs, which costs will be at their market rate.  In circumstances where it is essential to begin treatment immediately then written prescriptions will not be offered.  This is most likely to be in the case of injectable medications where a delay would be unacceptable.  Written prescriptions will not be issued for similar drugs used in anaesthesia or emergency situations.

Complaints and Standards: If you feel that there is something to complain about please direct your comments personally to the receptionist or drop us a line via the website.

Clinical records: Your pet’s clinical records, including radiographs, ultrasound scan records and laboratory test reports remain the property of Geisert Animal Hospital and will be kept under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998).  You are entitled to see the records on request and if necessary an appropriate appointment to view them will be made.  Your pet’s records will be sent to another veterinary surgeon on request from them.  If you require a copy for your personal use, a charge may be made at the rate for administrative work.

Ownership of radiographs and similar records: The care given to your pet may involve making some specific investigations, for example taking radiographs or performing ultrasound scans.  Even though we make a charge for carrying out these examinations and interpreting their results, ownership of the resulting record, (for example a radiograph) remains with the practice.

Repeat examinations: It is necessary both for the welfare of your pet and to meet legal obligations, for this practice to re-examine animals receiving long term medications.  The standard interval for medication checks is 3 months; this initially may be less but at no time will be longer than 6 months. The prevailing examination fee will be charged for that consultation.

No addition or variation of these conditions will bind the practice unless it is specifically agreed in writing and signed by one the directors.  No agent of person employed by, or under contract with, the practice has the authority to alter or vary these conditions in any way.