West Bar Vets: Veterinary hospital enhances its imaging quality with SFS

The Challenge:

West Bar Veterinary Hospital Ltd (West Bar Vets) has invested in new imaging equipment with the help of Siemens Financial Services (SFS). West Bar Vets is a mixed practice veterinary hospital based in Banbury. Now a ten-vet practice with four consulting branches and providing 24hour care, West Bar Vets can trace its origins to the 1880s when it operated as a blacksmith’s shoeing forge. 

The practice wanted to replace its ageing veterinary ultrasound machine to improve clinical efficiency and image quality. As a relatively small business, West Bar Vets needed a solution that would protect its capital reserves while enabling the business to stay ahead of the technological curve.

Richard Byrne BVetMed MRCVS, Director and Partner at West Bar Vets explains, “We wanted to upgrade our current ultrasound and looked carefully at a number of systems on the market. We even trialled another machine but ultimately the technology from Siemens Healthineers offered us the best value for money.

The Solution:

After looking at several competitors’ options and testing an upgrade to its current system, West Bar Vets worked with PLH Medical to acquire the Siemens Healthineers ACUSON P500 Ultrasound Solution.

  • The system offers technological advantages to others on the market including increased processing speed and enhanced image quality with exclusive motion correction.
  • Additionally, the ultrasound system is compact and portable and, once installed, it was easy for the practice to wirelessly link the system to its picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

The Benefits:

  • Siemens experience team of ultrasonographers were able to understand the practice’s needs and demonstrate the system’s capabilities in a live simulation.
  • SFS tailored the finance solution to enable it to take advantage of an after sales service five year warranty to ensure peace of mind and a competitive rate.
  • The process of arranging finance for the acquisition was easy and straightforward and the team ensured the arrangement was made in time for West Bar Vets to claim the VAT immediately after the transaction.

Richard Byrne BVetMed MRCVS, Director and Partner at West Bar Vets added, “When purchasing very technical veterinary equipment like radiology or ultrasound, you can easily pay a lot of money for something that is already old. The pace of change is so fast that you have to be vigilant to stay ahead of the curve. We’re really happy with the new system.

Sally-Anne Whybrow of Healthcare Finance for Siemens Financial Services in the UK adds, “It was a pleasure working with West Bar Vets to provide the best possible solution for their practice. An ultrasound is a key piece of diagnostic equipment and this system will make a significant difference for the many pets and their owners that visit the hospital.

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