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Referral practice and children's hospital form One Health partnership

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A SMALL animal referral hospital in Hampshire has teamed up with a London children's hospital to promote the concept of One Health.

The partnership between Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, which is part of the CVS Group, and the Evelina London Children's Hospital, part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, has come about following the experiences of veterinary cardiologist, Luca Ferasin, one of the practice's directors, and his family following the birth of his second son, Mattia.

Mattia was born in March 2015 with multiple severe, life-threatening congenital heart defects. He was successfully treated, undergoing more than seven hours of open heart surgery at the Evelina London Children's Hospital when he was six days old. During Mattia's treatment, Dr Ferasin and his wife, Heidi, who is also a veterinary cardiologist, got to know Caner Salih, a consultant paediatric cardiac surgeon, who was part of …

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