Welcome to Torrington Orthopaedics

Welcome

An Introduction to Torrington Orthopaedics.
Our History
Referral Orthopaedic Service for 20 years

Established in 1999, we moved to our purpose built hospital in Brighouse in 2004 having outgrown our original Halifax hosts (West Mount Vets). Initally Andy Torrington was the only surgeon but now we have five full time surgeons.

Our Focus
Jack of All Trades or Master of one?

As the company name suggests, we are a single discipline Referral service, allowing us to focus all of our attention on the management of Orthopaedic and Spinal conditions. This means that every one of the staff members here have honed their skills and understanding of orthopaedic disease, the orthopaedic patient and his or her needs..

Our Philosophy
Empathy and Compassion

We aim to reach decisions for optimal management of various orthopaedic conditions based on the answers to two key questions:
- What would I do if this pet was my own pet?
- Would your pet sign the consent form him or herself?

Optimal Management
One size does not fit all

All patients are different and our approach will always reflect this awareness of the needs of each patient as an individual living being with a unique set of desires and requirements to lead a life that is fulfilling to them.

Announcement: COVID-19 Protocol

The following statement outlines our measures to ensure that you can come to Torrington Orthopaedics with minimal risk to yourself or others.

As a Veterinary Hospital we have very high standards of hygiene to prevent and control hospital associated infections such as MRSA. We also wanted to share with you provisions we have in place to protect our staff and our clients from the possible spread of Covid-19

We have longer appointments than at a general practice so we have lower numbers of clients passing through our waiting room. We are staggering appointment times to make sure clients do not have to meet other clients in the waiting room.

All our touch surfaces ( door handles/ hand rails etc) are cleaned and disinfected every few hours.

There are hand steriliser dispensers in the waiting room which we actively encourage visitors to use.

We have suspended shaking hands as a greeting while the current risk is high.

Our consulting rooms are large and we can seat everyone 2m apart for the duration of the consultation.

Compliance with BVA Guidelines

These guidelines have been issued by the British Veterinary Association for the COVID-19 outbreak.

In these exceptional times we wanted to let you know measures we are taking in order to make sure we can still offer emergency referrals for your clients and also support you and your practice.


Our surgeons have reviewed the orthopaedic and spinal conditions that we will usually see and have categorised them as urgent, non urgent and “ grey zone” ( ie not generally categorised as urgent but make have associated factors that need to be addressed for welfare). The categories are listed:

Emergencies: Neurological Acute Spinal patients
, Fractures and Dislocations
, Acute tendon lacerations (above the foot).

Grey Area: Possibly some cruciate deficient stifles ( most can be managed conservatively for many weeks, but some bilateral disease may cause mobility problems), 
Back Pain. and Worsening Chronic lameness patients.

Not urgent: Chronic joint disease or lameness, Chronic Back pain
 and Patellar Luxations.


Emergencies can be referred and we are able to see them straight away. Our hospital will continue to be manned 24/7, albeit with a much reduced staffing level, and we can continue to provide our usual excellent level of care.

If you have cases that fall into the non-urgent and grey categories ( and we appreciate that you will be seeing some problematic chronic lameness cases during this time for management of pain on grounds of welfare) then please do contact us if you need advice or help. 

We will still be taking referrals for these cases but their appointments will be delayed until it is safe for people to travel again. If necessary we can organise a video consultation for the client with one of our surgeons, and we will support you with advice and guidance on how to maintain suitable conservative management of orthopaedic cases during this difficult time. Please note we would advise any chronically lame dogs who have a sudden deterioration in their condition should be evaluated by you, even if by video link. They may require an examination to rule out a septic event or neoplasia,

We will still be taking referrals for these cases but their appointments will be delayed until it is safe for people to travel again. If necessary we can organise a video consultation for the client with one of our surgeons, and we will support you with advice and guidance on how to maintain suitable conservative management of orthopaedic cases during this difficult time. Please note we would advise any chronically lame dogs who have a sudden deterioration in their condition should be evaluated by you, even if by video link. They may require an examination to rule out a septic event or neoplasia,

Our No Contact Policy during this period

Clients will be asked to wait in car on arrival and phone the practice to alert us of their presence. Our vet will speak with client over phone or in car park at distance re history etc. We will have previously triaged the case prior to arrival with regards to COVID-19 status of the household.

The patient will be collected from the client's car by the vet/nurse with suitable PPE, and using Torrington Orthopaedic leads or harnesses. A clinical examination will be performed in the hospital with clients waiting outside. The vet will then discuss the findings of the examination with client and propose a treatment/investigation plan.

The consent form will be given to the client with a non-return pen. Informed consent will be discussed as usual at the car, or by phone if the weather is inclement. After the consent form is signed we will take a photo of the signed consent form- they can keep pen and the hard copy of the consent form.

Routine Weekend Appointments (Currently Suspended until further notice)

Monday, Tuesday..., Saturday, Sunday; they are all the same to us!

We run our hospital appointment system across every day of the week. In addition to our emergency service we can offer routine appointments for clients on both Saturday and Sunday every weekend. Routine appointments are the same price at weekends and weekdays

Throughout the weekend we can offer:


Initial 1 hour consultation for all orthopaedic and spinal conditions, not limited to emergencies.


Revisit and follow-up appointments.


Surgical appointments for elective procedures such as patella luxation and cruciate disease.

Advanced imaging appointments for onsite CT.


Emergency appointments for orthopaedic and spinal emergencies, with capacity to proceed quickly to diagnosis and surgery where necessary.


Always here for you.

On Site CT SCanner

CT (Computed Tomography) is a very sensitive diagnostic imaging tool available for our patients and yours, allowing you to refer for imaging only.

We are part of the preferred Referral Network

What we do...

Orthopaedic Problems

At Torrington Orthopaedics we have an outstanding reputation for our approach to the management of Orthopaedic Disease whether the condition is Traumatic in origin or a Developmental Orthopaedic Disease such as Elbow and Hip Dysplasia or Cranial Cruciate Ligament Pathology.

Spinal Problems

Managing Spinal Injuries resulting from Trauma or Disc Disease is one of our key strengths here. Accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate management whether surgical or non surgical and full support throughout the recovery period are essential components of optimal management.

Physiotherapy

Whether a problem has a surgical or non-surgical solution, the involvement of Rehabilitation specialists is a significant component of maximising outcome. We have Physiotherapy available to our own patients in house. This service is also available as a Referral option for your patients.

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