Terms of Business

Terms of Business
 
Thank you for entrusting the care and attention of your pet to the Sutterton Veterinary Hospital and its staff.This letter details our Practice Terms and Conditions. Some aspects of the Terms may not be relevant to you and we request that you ask for further explanation/clarification if required.
 
 
FEES
 
All fees, diets and drug charges are subject to VAT at the current rate. Fee levels are determined by the time spent on a case and according to the drugs, materials, consumables and diets used. Our written fee list is available on request.
You will receive a detailed fee note for every consultation, surgical procedure or transaction with us.
 
 
METHODS OF PAYMENT
 
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 the account using:
 
CASH
CHEQUE with current Banker card
CREDIT/DEBIT CARD - Switch, Solo, Mastercard, Visa, Delta, Amex
 
 
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
 
 
TERMS OF BUSINESS
 
Any Account not settled within 14 days, a reminder will be sent with an additional accounting fee in respect of administrative costs incurred. Should it be necessary for further reminders to be sent, further charges will be incurred. These however, may be deducted if payment is made promptly. After due notice to you the client, overdue accounts will be referred to our Debt Collection Agency and further charges will be levied in respect of costs incurred in collecting the debt: production of reports, correspondence, court fees, attendance at court, 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 original account being restored to the original sum with further charges added in respect of bank charges and Administrative costs together with interest on the principal sum.
 
 
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 member of staff. Please note that instalments or part payments of any account may ONLY be sanctioned with the express permission of the head nurse or vet.
 
 
PET HEALTH INSURANCE
 
Sutterton Veterinary Hospital 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 the fees from your Insurance Company.
 
 
COMPLAINTS & STANDARDS
 
We hope that you never feel the recourse to complain about the standards of service received from Sutterton Veterinary Hospital. However, if you feel that there is something you wish to complain about, please direct your comments in the first instance to either the head nurse or vet.
 
 
OWNERSHIP OF RECORDS
 
Case records including lab reports and similar documents are the property of, and shall be retained by Sutterton Veterinary Hospital. Copies with a summary of the history will be passed on request to another veterinary surgeon taking over the case.
 
 
OWNERSHIP OF X-RAYS AND SIMILAR DOCUMENTS
 
The care given to your animal may involve making some specific investigations, for example taking x-rays or performing ultrasound scans. Even though we make a charge for carrying out these investigations and interpreting their results ownership of the resulting record for example an x-ray film remains with the practice.
 
 
No addition or variation of these conditions will bind the practice unless it is specifically agreed in writing and signed by one of the practice partners. No agent or person employed by, or under contract with, the practice has the authority to alter or vary these conditions in any way.

Telephone

01205 345 345

Your call may be recorded for monitoring and training purposes

Address

Sutterton Veterinary Hospital
Station Road
Sutterton
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE20 2LF

Opening Times

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 7pm
Saturdays 8.30am - 5pm
Sundays 9am - 3pm

Closed only on Easter Sunday, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day.
Our 'normal' Sunday hours apply on all other bank holiday days and Christmas Eve / New Years Eve. Fees are the same at the weekends as midweek so this is a genuine 7 day service.
You will not get any additional charges for it being a weekend.

 

Access Friendly

Sutterton Veterinary Hospital is Disabled Access Friendly
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Ramp from Carpark
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Access to the surgery is all on one level for easy wheelchair access