Business Terms and Conditions
Fees and payment
Fernlea Orthopaedics will carry out the agreed services (investigations, treatments, surgeries, clinicisations) as detailed in the Consent Form. All fees (time, consumables and materials), drugs and diets are charged as per Fernlea Orthopaedics price list and are subject to VAT at the current rate. A current price list is available on request. No drugs or food will be dispensed without payment. An itemised invoice can be provided on request. Accounts are due for settlement by the client at the end of the consultation, at the discharge of your animal from the clinic, or at collection of drugs or diets. Any invoices posted to you shall be paid in full by the client within 30 days of receipt of the invoice. Accounts and invoices may be settled using cash, debit cards or credit cards (Switch, Solo, MasterCard, Visa, Delta). After due notice to you, overdue amounts will be referred to a third-party debt collection agency and further charges will be applied for costs incurred in collecting the debt. Pet insurance Although your animal may be insured, please be aware that it is your responsibility to settle your account. Direct insurance claims can be submitted by Fernlea Orthopaedics. This must be agreed at time of admission of your animal in the clinic, before treatment starts. You will need to bring the following documents for a direct insurance claim to be agreed: Your valid policy document and a claim form. You will be requested to sign a letter of authority addressed to your insurance provider to grant authorisation for employees of Fernlea Orthopaedics to speak to them about your claim. You will need to bring a new claim form for every time you visit the clinic. Should your insurance company decline the claim, it will be your responsibility to settle your account.
Ownership of clinical records
Case reports, including images (radiographs, ultrasound images, digital pictures etc.), are the property of Fernlea Orthopaedics. The clinical records can be obtained or passed to another veterinary surgeon on the client’s request. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to professional and client records. We will not relay any personal information or contact details to a third party.
Admission to the clinic
Referral patient’s will be accepted for investigations, procedures, surgery or treatment only at the request of, or with the agreement of, the animal’s primary veterinary surgeon. Cost estimates The cost estimates are for planned investigations and procedures and do not include costs of medications required after discharge or costs of any complications. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate and may changes with treatment developments.
We hope that you will never have the need to submit a complaint about the care of your animal provided by Fernlea Orthopaedics. However, if you would like to submit a complaint, please contact an appropriate member of staff or direct your complaint in writing. We will answer all complaints within 7 days of receipt.
Neither Fernlea Orthopaedics, nor any of its employees or agents, shall be under any liability to the client for non-performance, part-performance, defective performance or delay in the performance of any investigations, procedures (surgical or other) or treatments, directly or indirectly caused by events beyond the control of Fernlea Orthopaedics. This includes industrial action, whether at Fernlea Orthopaedics or not.
All veterinary treatment and procedures unfortunately carries a risk of complications. Procedures with a known complication factor will be discussed prior to the procedure. Correction of these known complications will incur standard fees. In situations where the complication was not expected (and through no fault of the practice or pet owner) the following treatment directly related to the complication will be carried out at cost of medicines and consumables for a period post treatment (at discretion of the practice). Where discharge and home care instructions are not adhered to then the arising complications will be liable to standard fees. Changes to patient health and clinical situation following discharge post procedure will be treated as new and will not be related to previous treatment. Charges may be made for additional treatment at the discretion of the practice.