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Out of Hours

What to do in an emergency outside of normal opening hours

 We offer our own out of hours service, with our own vets, until 10pm most evenings.  
After this, our out of hours will be transferred to Vets Now....

Within normal hours Emergency Treatment

If your pet has a problem during our normal surgery hours, please telephone the practice immediately and we will ensure that you are offered an appointment on a priority basis. Please make it clear to us that the matter is not routine and we will do our best to attend to you as soon as possible.

Out of Hours Emergency Treatment 

Please note: the Preston Branch is closed until Monday 21st June. Please continue to use our Liverpool Branch (0151 480 2040) or our Manchester Branch (0161 222 0979) until then. Address and maps to both can be found below.

Outside of our normal opening times when you phone the practice you will hear a recorded message giving contact details of our answering service. 

If you phone this service, they will contact either our practice duty vet or Vets Now, our designated emergency service, and a vet will phone you back. 

You may be directed to attend one of our branch surgeries at Southport or Rufford, or the most appropriate Vets Now clinic to your location. 

Rufford Vets uses Vets Now Emergency Vets. Our nearest clinics are: Vets Now Preston, c/o Oakhill Veterinary Centre, Langley Lane, Goosnargh, Preston PR3 2JQ (01772 378764), Vets Now Liverpool, Woolfall Heath Ave, Liverpool, L36 3YD. (0151 480 2040 ) and Vets Now Hospital Manchester, 98 Bury Old Rd, Whitefield, Manchester M45 6TQ (0161) 222 6101

We know your pet can become ill or suffer accidents at any time. To make sure you have access to high quality care at night, weekends and bank holidays, we have chosen to partner with Vets Now, the leading provider of Out of Hours care.

The team at Vets Now are always there when we are closed, so you can rest assured that you and your pet will have a vet and nurse on hand, whether it's four in the morning or half-way through Christmas. The dedicated Vets Now call handlers will provide you with all of the information you require should you wish for your pet to see the veterinary team based in your local clinic. They’ll then inform the clinic of your arrival and promptly send you a text message with confirmation and directions for your visit. Please don't hesitate to call them if you are at all concerned.

Vets Now take over from us when we are closed. If you call us first, we will either be there to answer your call, or will have an answer machine message directing you to ring the number of our paging service, who will either contact our vet or Vets Now.

Both Veterinary and Human Medical fields are increasingly using dedicated emergency services. This brings many advantages to our clients:

Emergency centres have staff (vets and nurses) on site around the clock. This means that you will be seen as soon as you arrive by staff who are well rested and ready for work no matter what the time.

Because the staff are awake you can call at whatever time you need to without embarrassment. Emergency centres stay staffed and well lit throughout the night, making them safe and easily accessible.

In the unfortunate event that your pet needs to be seen at Vets Now they will carry out emergency treatment. On the next working day we will be sent all of the details of any treatment your pet required and if possible your pet will be transferred back to us for ongoing care. It is best if you are able to transfer your pet so that you have a chance to speak to both the emergency vet and us directly about ongoing treatment or further tests that may be required. Pets will only be discharged if they are deemed safe to travel.

Your nearest Vets Now clinics are:

Vets Now Emergency Ltd
Vets Now Preston
c/o Oakhill Veterinary Centre,
Langley Lane,
Goosnargh,
Preston
PR3 2JQ

Phone: 01772 378764

Vets Now Emergency Ltd
Vets Now Liverpool
Woolfall Heath Ave
Liverpool
L36 3YD

Phone: 0151 480 2040

Vets Now Emergency Ltd
Vets Now Manchester
98 Bury Old Road
Whitefield
Manchester
M45 6TQ

Phone: 0161 222 0979

Practice information

Rufford

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  • Mon
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun
    10:00am - 12:00pm

Emergency Details

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01253 501185
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Find us here:

9 Holly Lane Rufford Ormskirk L40 1SH
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Please call this number for emergencies:

01253 501185

Southport

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    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Sun
    10:00am - 12:00pm

Emergency Details

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01253 501185
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127 Wennington Road Southport Merseyside PR9 7AH
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01253 501185

Tarleton

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  • Mon
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tue
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wed
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thu
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Fri
    9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat
    Closed
  • Sun
    Closed

Emergency Details

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01253 501185
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63a Church Road Tarleton Preston Lancashire PR4 6UQ
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01253 501185

Oakvilla

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    Pre-booked appointments only
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    Pre-booked appointments only
  • Wed
    Pre-booked appointments only
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    Pre-booked appointments only
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    Pre-booked appointments only
  • Sun
    Pre-booked appointments only
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Holmeswood Road Rufford Ormskirk Lancashire L40 1TZ
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