When the dog clinic opens, you can’t help but wonder if the hospital has a heart problem
Posted November 04, 2019 14:02:06A Melbourne-based dog clinic is opening in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD this week after being unable to find an alternative provider to keep its patients.
Cataract surgery specialist Dr Peter O’Neill said his staff had a great response to the idea of opening the clinic in the CBD, and the fact it would also allow him to get patients who might otherwise not be able to afford a dog clinic in their area.
“I’ve been in the dog business for 20 years and I’ve never had one client who said ‘we’d love to have a dog’ or ‘we don’t know where we can go’,” Dr O’Neil said.
“And they’d be a bit hesitant, especially in the first few days, to go into the pet hospital.”
Dr O’Nolan said his team had a number of reasons for opening the dog surgery clinic, including the fact they were hoping to have it up and running within six months.
“There’s a lot of work we have to do to get our doors open, but the most important thing is we’ve got a patient base,” Dr O ‘Nolan told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We have to get them into the right kind of environment, so we’ve had to get to know the patients a bit better.”
They’re just looking for a place to go and we’ve also got to get the facilities in place to allow us to offer the services that they need.
“Dr Peter O O’Neill, cataract specialist, Cataract Clinic, Melbourne.
Picture: David Mariuz for the ABCDr O O Neill said it was a challenging time for the cataracts in his area, and there were some other reasons why he wanted to open the clinic.”
For us it’s just been so important that we’ve been able to keep our patients happy and safe and healthy and it’s really important to the people that come in to see us,” Dr Jnr O’ Neill, Cataroach Clinic, said.
Dr O Neills team is a small team and Dr O Neils main concern is getting the facilities and training up so that they could provide the care that they needed.”
Our patients are in a position where they can’t afford to go to the vets, so the surgery is not covered by their insurance and we can’t get the insurance covered,” Dr Neill told ABC radio.”
But we can get the surgery, so it’s an absolute no-brainer for us to be open in the middle of this crisis.
“Dr Jnr Neill is now working with his former partner, who was working as a receptionist at the time of the accident, to help them get the facility up and going.”
It’s a really good place for people to go, and it was such a relief to have someone come and support me and my family,” Dr Nr Neill.
The clinic is currently operating out of the Cataracas main office, with a small number of patients in the area.
Dr Neill hopes the clinic can provide a “safe place for everyone to go for surgery”.”
They come in, they’re assessed, they have their heart rate monitored, they go in and out of their hospital room,” Dr A Neill explained.”
That’s a big help for us, because we can actually manage the people we have in our hospital and make sure that they’re doing all the right things to be able and comfortable to come back in the hospital and do the surgery.
“Hopefully it can provide the safety that the people need.”
The Cataracs main office has been open since the 1980s.
Dr O’s father, Dr David, also had a cataracast surgery, which helped him deal with the impact of the catastrophic condition.
“If you had a bad day and you were on your back, I was there, and I would sit on the floor and just put my arm up and give it to you,” Dr David O’Brien told ABC Melbourne.
Dr David O Neil, Catarooach Clinic owner, cat surgeon, cat surgery, Melbourne.(ABC News: David Seaman)Dr ONeill said his father was a dedicated patient, and had been able use the clinic for a number years.
“He has a lovely sense of humour and he loves to laugh and he’s always smiling, and he always gets a laugh out of it,” Dr John O Neilly, a surgeon at the Cataroaches clinic, said of Dr O.
“His heart rate was always a good gauge of how well he was doing.”
At that stage he was not having any of the complications that we had to deal with at the moment.
“Dr Neilly said it had been a long time since his father had surgery and had always felt a great connection to his father.”
So, when my dad passed away, I