Brand new £10m Veterinary Referral Hospital in the UK opens its doors

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Blaise is our brand new £10m hospital in Birmingham, UK, which provides a specialist-led, multi-disciplinary referral service and 24/7 emergency care for pets in the local area and beyond. The hospital has the capacity to treat up to 10,000 pets each year.

Part of the IVC Evidensia UK Referral network, Blaise is the first purpose-built, multi-disciplinary hospital for the group in the UK and is expected to become a blueprint for future hospitals, with a clinician-led building design and a nurse-led clinical floor. The 36,000 square foot hospital is a significant investment and will become one of the most prestigious and well-respected referrals centres in the UK.

Blaise will accept patients referred from first opinion practices across the UK and offer a wide range of referral services including orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries, neurology, cardiology, internal medicine and many more. They will also offer a comprehensive emergency and critical care service, with out of hours support in partnership with Vets Now, the UK’s leading pet emergency service which is also part of the IVC Evidensia group.

At the heart of Blaise is a state-of-the art intensive care unit where a dedicated ICU team can cater for emergencies around the clock. The 24/7 team is also available to support other departments in the hospital if needed, providing rapid access to the advanced facilities in the ICU. Elsewhere, the 36,000 square foot hospital is fully equipped with modern equipment to facilitate the best possible care for patients, including a 1.5T Siemens MRI, a 64 slice Siemens CT scanner, multiple ultrasound machines and both fixed and digital radiography machines.

Blaise is also contributing to the local community: providing up to 100 jobs for local people and supporting local businesses. 

Duncan Phillips, UK and Ireland CEO, who officially opened the hospital (pictured above) said: “Blaise marks a huge milestone for IVC Evidensia in the UK and across our entire network, and we are so excited to officially open the doors. It’s home to phenomenal, modern facilities that will provide a wide range of options for pet care and treatment helping us to fulfil our purpose of Healthy Animals, Happy Owners. We have built an amazing and collaborative team here who I strongly believe will see Blaise become one of the most prestigious and well-respected referrals centres in the UK.”

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