In addition to elective referrals, the hospital provides a 24 hour emergency service for orthopaedic emergencies, including fractures, wounds and septic synovial structures.
The initial clinical examination involves both static and dynamic evaluation, performed in our purpose-built orthopaedic examination facilities. These include a straight hard trot up, a hard, non-slip lunging ring and a 40mx20m sand and fibre arena, allowing us to perform both in hand examinations and investigate more subtle performance related problems under saddle.
Once fully evaluated, the source of lameness is localised by performing diagnostic nerve and joint blocks prior to diagnostic imaging. We have a top of the range imaging centre and can deploy both portable and stationary digital radiography, 4 high quality ultrasound machines, standing low field magnetic resonance imaging, gamma scintigraphy and computed tomography (CT).
Once a diagnosis has been made, we can provide first class medical or surgical treatment, as well as advice and support for prevention and rehabilitation. The hospital works closely with a highly experienced farrier who advises on optimal foot balance and hoof care and provides a remedial service, both on an in- and out-patient basis. This team approach allows for continuity of treatment and support during the months following the initial evaluation.