Anticoagulation is the medical word for the prevention of
the clotting of blood.
The Anticoagulant Service:
If your warfarin has been started as an inpatient we will see
you before you go home to give you all the information about
warfarin and make arrangements for your blood tests to be done
after you go home.
Again this could be at our hospital clinic, at your GP surgery
or at home by a Community Nurse.
We communicate blood test results with a specifically designed
printed sheet and in many cases with a phone call as well on the
same day of your blood test.
This is one reason why warfarin should be taken in the evening
ideally after 6.00pm so that we have time to contact you before you
have taken your daily dose of warfarin.
If you are referred as a new outpatient to start warfarin you
should expect to receive an outpatient appointment date within
one-two weeks depending on whether you need pre-appointment blood
At your appointment, which should take around 30 minutes, we
will give you information booklets about warfarin and explain in
detail what warfarin therapy entails.
You may need a finger prick blood test during this appointment
too which is performed by the same Nurse at your consultation.
Your dose of warfarin will then be decided and your next
This could be back at the hospital clinic, at your GP surgery
with your Practice Nurse or at home by a Community Nurse.
We will fax information to your GP to inform them exactly what
we have arranged for you.
Our morning outpatient clinic operates from 9.00am to
1.00pm on an appointment system.
You can make an appointment by sending in a completed
referral form by post, by fax or by phoning the office on:
Please see NHS Choices - Anticoagulants, warfarin
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