In the spirit of the transparent and trusting relationship we endeavour to foster at Sandhole Veterinary Centre, the following terms and conditions are set out for your information. They are perhaps, by necessity, a little dry, and so we would be happy to discuss any of the content further should you wish.
All fees, diets and drug charges are subject to VAT at the current rate. You will always receive a detailed invoice for every consultation, surgical procedure and transaction.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
In line with standard veterinary practice, all client accounts are due for immediate settlement: at the end of the consultation, on your pet's discharge or upon collection of drugs or diets. For larger operations we ask that a deposit is paid when your pet is admitted.
Payment can be made either by cash or credit/ debit card (Switch, MasterCard, Solo, Visa).
ESTIMATES OF TREATMENT COSTS
We will happily provide a written estimate as to the probable costs of a course of treatment. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate – often a pet's illness will not follow a conventional course. We will endeavour to keep you fully informed of any changes as treatment progresses.
Payment is due at the time of treatment unless agreed in advance by the management team.
Should an account not be settled within 7 days, a reminder will be sent (please bear in mind that this will attract an additional administration fee.) Should it be necessary to send further reminders, further charges will be incurred. These may not be deducted if payment is made.
After due notice to you, the client, overdue accounts will be referred to our debt collecting agency and further charges will be levied in respect of costs involved in collecting the debt: such as production of reports, correspondence, court fees, phone calls, home visits, etc.
Any cheque returned by our Bank as unpaid, any Credit Card payment not honoured and any cash tendered that is found to be counterfeit, will result in the account being restored to the original sum, with further charges added with respect of any bank charges and administration costs, together with interest on the principal sum.
INABILITY TO PAY
If for some reason you are unable to settle your account as specified, please speak to a member of staff as soon as possible. We will always try and find a fair and reasonable way forward, although instalments or part payments of any account may ONLY be sanctioned by the Clinical Director, Practice Manager or Lead Vet. By signing the admission consent form you agree to settle the account on collection of your pet.
PET HEALTH INSURANCE
Sandhole Veterinary Centre strongly supports the principle of pet insurance. Please note that it is your responsibility to settle our account and then reclaim the fees from your insurance company. Direct claims can sometimes be agreed for treatment with a value in excess of £500 but this must be authorised by the practice manager prior to treatment.
OWNERSHIP OF RECORDS
Case records (including radiographs and similar documents) are the property of, and will be retained
RETURN OF UNUSED DRUGS
We are happy to accept unused medication back into the practice for disposal only. However, as drugs which have left the premises are no longer fit for resale, no refund can be given. Drugs purchased from any other supplier will not be accepted for disposal.
PATIENT PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS
Photographs of your pet may on occasion be used for educational or marketing purposes, please let us know if you would prefer this not to happen.
At Sandhole we aim to provide the highest standard of care for you and your pets, and we hope that you never have cause to complain. However if you feel that there is something to complain about please direct your comments in writing to the Practice Manager in the first instance. We aim to respond to all complaints within 7 working days.
EXAMINATIONS FOR REPEAT MEDICATIONS
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 medication. The interval will vary with the condition and the medication but will be no longer than every 6 months. An examination fee will be charged for that consultation.
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