We are happy to provide a written estimate regarding the expected costs of investigations, a surgical procedure or course of treatment. Please bear in mind that any estimate given can only be approximate, as a result of the unpredictable nature of clinical work. The final invoice may be above or below the original estimate, depending upon clinical circumstances. Where possible we will keep clients updated if costs are likely to exceed the original estimate, although in a clinical emergency this may not always be possible.
Payment, in full, will be expected at the time of consultation, on discharge of your pet or on collection of drugs/diets. Cash, cheques, debit and credit cards are acceptable. We do not routinely offer settlement terms and if an account has not been paid within 14 days, a maximum of two reminders will be sent, providing due notice of further action.
You will be expected to pay on demand on an indemnity basis, without deduction of any legal or other reasonable costs, fees or expenses of whatever nature incurred by Willows in connection with or in contemplation of any non-payment of your account by you.
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 our accounts department. Please note that instalments or part payments of any account may ONLY be sanctioned with the express permission of the Hospital Director or Clinical Director.
Willows Veterinary Centre strongly supports the principle of insuring your pet against illness or accidents and we will always submit indirect insurance claims promptly to ensure you are reimbursed as quickly as possible. However, in the case of direct claims, please be aware that it remains your responsibility to settle your account within 60 days, if we have not received payment from your insurance company.
Any anticipated shortfall in the cost of treatment which is not covered by your insurance company will be payable by you to us at the time of making the first direct claim. Any additional shortfall which is owing after the claim has been settled will also be payable by you to us at that time. It is important to appreciate that if, having carried out careful checks with you and your insurers, we decide that we are prepared to undertake a direct claim for the treatment of your pet, this is not a guarantee that your insurers will settle your claim, and if they fail to do so, this will result in a shortfall for which you will be liable to pay us in full.
If you are considering requesting a direct insurance claim, we strongly advise that you read our detailed information sheet, provided with your welcome pack, which can also be downloaded by clicking here.
We work in accordance with Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guidelines i.e.
We aim to offer the highest standards of patient and client care at all times, and as such we hope that you never have recourse to complain about the standards of service received from us. However, if you feel that there is something you wish to bring to our attention, please speak to a member of reception in the first instance. Our Client Care Manager will assist with any issues that remain unresolved and, where appropriate, they will escalate the matter to either the Practice Manager, Hospital Director or Clinical Director.
As a veterinary business, our Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses must comply with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Code of Professional Conduct. If you have concerns relating to the professional conduct of a staff member and have not been able to resolve it with Willows directly, you can contact the RCVS on their website www.rcvs.org.uk for further details of how to register a complaint.
No addition or variation of these conditions will bind the Practice unless it is specifically agreed in writing and signed by the Hospital Director. No agent or person employed by, or under contract with, Willows has the authority to alter or vary these conditions in any way.