Did you know we can now check your clotting status for you here in the surgery?
It's a ONE STOP service:
- Yur clotting levels are checked with a finger prick sample
- Your yellow warfarin book is up dated in the appointmnet
- You can be booked in for your next appointment there and then
Practice Warfarin Clinics
For the first appointment your information is added to the warfarin software so that we can get you set up on the system, using information from the yellow warfarin book, including previous INR results (usually a minimum of two results are added), what you are on warfarin for and what INR range you should be.
For all appointments:
- You will be asked if you have missed any tablets since your last appointment (as this can affect your result or any new medicines)
- Blood is taken from your either your ring finger or your little finger using a finger pricking device.
- Blood is then added to the test strip on the machine for an answer. The results are usually available in a short time period – providing a very quick answer.
- The result is added to the software and new warfarin dosing schedule is printed out and added to your book with a suggested date for next appointment
- Your next appointment is usually booked for you there and then.
- We can easily share information with York and Selby hospitals
Advantages to the patient/GP/Hospital:
There is no waiting for your yellow book to come back and if you need to be seen earlier as you have started new medicines such as antibiotics or have unexpected symptoms we are able to see you quickly.
It also has the advantage of not needing to see your yellow book when you collect prescriptions as we know what dose you are taking.
The result can be viewed by other organisations that also are looking after your care – information is easily shared.
Patients should still record anything new in your yellow book as this is your warfarin passport as well as in their electronic record such as missed tablets, starting new medicines, nose bleeds and any recent vaccinations.
For more information please take a look at the Anticoagulation service Leaflet