As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, veterinary practices have promised to lend vital medical equipment to overstretched hospitals and testing centres.
By, 4 Apr 2020
While most of the UK remains on lockdown, our health service is working day and night in the fight against coronavirus.
The animal doctors respond to the call
But despite their heroic efforts, our doctors and nurses still need more medical equipment. So health bosses called on the animal doctors to lend a helping paw, and they were more than happy to oblige. Vets in Scotland have made a list of all the equipment they can spare.
Jim Ross is the clinical director of Border Vets. He said:
"We all have things like oxygen generators to generate oxygen, pulse oximeters, which measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. They're very important for any breathing difficulties."
The move follows similar measures in France, where the Advetia Veterinary Center donated five ventilators to a Parisian hospital. French newspaper Le Parisien reported that veterinarian practices have loaned out over 50 ventilators to hospitals across the country.
Pets won't suffer
Back in the UK, Conservative MP Neil Hudson has been liaising between vets and the NHS. He said:
"It's a true example of one health – of us all trying to help animal and human health together and join in the collective effort."
He also stressed that every vet practice will still have enough equipment to treat our four-legged friends.