The standing surgery suite routinely hosts laser upper respiratory tract surgery and laparoscopic surgery amongst other procedures. The suite is equipped with permanent stocks, and is located in the hospital building close to the main surgical suite to allow easy access to equipment.
There are 86 stables at NEH divided between the different areas of the hospital. For in-patients, we are able to offer either outdoor stables with separate air-spaces, or stables within the American-barns. If you have a preference as to where you would like your horse to be stabled whilst at NEH, please inform our Yard Manager or one of her team at the time of admission.
On arrival at NEH one of our friendly Reception Team will be pleased to welcome you. If you have brought your horse for an appointment, your veterinary Specialist will be with you shortly to consult with you about your horses complaint. Our reception area has comfortable seating and a range of reading material. The Reception Team will be happy to make fresh tea or coffee.
Pharmacy is located at the back of the reception area. Our nurse team are available to dispense medicines prescribed by our veterinary surgeons, or any dressing materials and wormers you may need to purchase. If there is nobody at the window, please ring the bell and someone will be with you shortly.
The surgery unit contains two state-of-the-art theatres, one dedicated to orthopaedic surgery and the other used for soft tissue surgery. They are located in a closed suite with filtered, conditioned air delivered under positive pressure. There are four padded anaesthetic induction and recovery stalls, one of which includes a specialised assisted recovery system for high risk orthopaedic patients. The induction stalls lead to an intervening prep area where horses are prepared for surgery, before being taken into theatre.
There is also a pre-anaesthetic room where horses are cleaned and pre-medicated before entering the induction stalls. The surgery suite is accessed by authorised personnel only through changing rooms.
The theatres are equipped with fully networked stations showing radiographs and images from other diagnostic modalities. For arthroscopic and laparoscopic procedures, a networked digital capture system is used to take and store images and videos during surgery.
On arrival at NEH with a horse or pony, there are signs to the unloading area which has a large unloading ramp with space for 3 large horseboxes, and a separate area for low-loaders and trailers. There are also parking spaces where smaller horseboxes and trailers may be left whilst the horse is hospitalised.
The stables office is located adjacent to the loading area, where our yard manager Julie Andrews, or her assistants Rachel Smy and Heidi Sharp will be ready to meet you and help you unload your horse. They will guide you through the admission process, making sure all feeding and stable management requirements are recorded.
The lameness investigation area is purpose built to provide a safe environment for complete assessment of patients
Biosecurity is integral to the management of any veterinary hospital. For management of cases where there is suspicion of an infectious disease, Newmarket Equine Hospital has a dedicated isolation unit separate from the main hospital facilities where staff can provide intensive care as required, without risk to other hospitalised patients.
The dedicated Intensive Care Unit at NEH is a specialised building which was constructed specifically to facilitate the highest possible level of care for individual patients. Each box has a rubberised floor under the bedding and is temperature controlled. As well as viewing windows all the boxes have CCTV to allow constant monitoring. Facilities are present for the maintenance of intravenous fluids and if necessary slings can be used to support patients. Qualified equine veterinary nurses and the team of interns provide round the clock care of all cases, under the direction of Drs Mark Hillyer and Rosie Naylor.
The forge at NEH is located in the yard adjacent to the stables office. This is a dedicated facility, allowing remedial or routine shoeing and trimming to be performed in consultation with our attending veterinarians.
NEH has the most up to date ultrasonographic equipment available with recent acquisition of the Logiq S7, in addition to the Vivid 3 – a hospital based machine equipped with 5 transducers enabling generation of excellent resolution musculoskeletal, cardiac and abdominal imaging.
For cases within the hospital which are unable to be moved to the imaging suites, mobile units comprising the Logiq E and Micromaxx are available.
The hospital has 2 radiography suites each furnished with ceiling-traversing high output machines and mobile units for radiographic examination of all areas of the equine skeleton. The system is a Fuji CR with DICOM images transferred to the synapse software and medical grade viewing screens for imaging reading.
The unit is self-contained with 9 American Barn stables. A gantry mounted rectangular field of view gamma camera and Hermes nuclear diagnostics software are used. The radiopharmaceutical used to produce the images is injected intravenously and localises to the bone enabling assessment of the metabolism within this and the adjacent soft tissues. Nuclear Scintigraphy has a wide variety of uses from diagnosing stress fractures, predominantly in racehorses, to evaluating areas of the body less amenable to comprehensive imaging using conventional techniques eg the pelvis and spine. In addition to bone assessments, site specific vascular blood flow and soft tissue imaging can also be performed.
The MRI unit has a patient waiting room/stable and the specialised image acquisition area is radiofrequency shielded and temperature controlled.