Steve Double MP opens Cornwall’s first pet CT scanner

Vets and nurses at Penmellyn Vet Hospital, St Columb Major, were delighted to welcome Local MP Steve Double and his wife Anne to officially open the newly installed CT scanner.

The first of its kind in Cornwall, and one of only a handful in the South-West, the Siemens CT scanner is a state-of-the-art diagnostic scanner for dogs and cats. Previously, to access scans, clients with pets in Cornwall had to travel out of county to Somerset or Bristol. Now, with the scanner having been installed on 23rd May, initial training complete and the first 20 scans already processed,  pets can have rapid direct access to scans including imaging to guide spinal surgery, screen for cancer scares, diagnose a huge range of orthopaedic conditions and investigate conditions of the chest and abdomen.

Director Colin Whiting welcomed Steve to the practice and toured him round the Small Animal Department, where extensive facilities already include surgical theatres, x-ray and ultrasound suites, a vast prep and emergency area and dedicated overnight kennelling with 24hour nursing care.

Mri Penmellyn vets Cornwall
Steve Double MP opens Cornwall's first pet CT scanner at Penmellyn Vet Hospital, St Columb Major
Colin Whiting A30 Referrals
Mri Penmellyn vets Cornwall

Colin leads the A30 Referrals side of the practice, and he sees cases for spinal, orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgery. Steve saw Harvey, a whippet who had multiple spinal surgery of the neck and was taking his first steps post-surgery and he met clients Mr. And Mrs Richens whose dog Tsar had made a full recovery following spinal surgery at Penmellyn 3 months previously. They had taken Tsar for imaging scans in Bristol, and Mrs Richens said she was delighted to see that the CT scanner was now here for future pets in need.

Moving through to the new CT scanning suite, Director James Christie demonstrated the images acquired, illustrating one pet who had successful surgery of an abdominal tumour following CT diagnosis and screening. James explained that the CT scanning service would be available to clients of practices throughout Cornwall and the South-West, by referral from their own practice.

Steve cut the ribbon for the official opening, watched proudly by James and other members of the clinical team trained in scanner use – vet nurses Rachel Ede, Molly Teague and Jade Pascoe and vet Lizzy Clift.

Finally, Steve and Anne had a tour of the Equine department with Director Peter Murrish, who showed the huge scale of the operating theatre, anaesthetic recovery room, X-Ray and examination suite and discussed some of the medical cases the dedicated equine vet team at Penmellyn regularly treat.

All in all a whistle-stop tour of a thoroughly modern, locally owned and run Veterinary Practice, with a practice history extended over a hundred years here in Cornwall, constantly updating and developing its clinical services for the local community.

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“Took my Staffy Jess for an emergency operation, instantly I knew these are kind and loving vets.

They were extremely compassionate and immediately knew exactly what was wrong. Jess had been in the vets for 4 nights and every morning without fail I got a phone call updating me on Jess’s progress and an invitation to come and see her.

The whole time Jess was with them I had complete confidence that she was in the best hands. There is no other vets I would trust my dog with. I’d like to say a big thanks to Elizabeth and especially Christine Goddard. She really has helped so much and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to be looking after my girl”


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