Held on a Wednesday at Humshaugh Surgery
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust provides an on site anticoagulation monitoring and dosing service for people on Warfarin and other anticoagulation medication.
If you live closer to Hexham General Hospital then there is also the option of attending one of the clinics in the Out Patient Department on a Tuesday 8:30- 11.45am and 13:30 – 15:00, and Thursday 13.30 – 15.00.
For those patients unable to attend any of these clinics due to ill health or immobility, arrangements can be made for a blood specimen to be sent to the Anticoagulation staff at HGH. The service is operated by Anticoagulant Specialists, with either a nurse or technical qualification and is supported by senior Haematologists from North Tyneside General and Wansbeck Hospitals, providing care for over 6,000 patients on anticoagulation.
Patients are booked into the clinics and a small sample of blood is taken from your fingertip and tested as you wait, the result is then assessed by the Anticoagulant Specialist and a dose worked out and a future appointment agreed on. The whole process takes only about 3 to 5 minutes of your time.
The staff also give advice on interactions with other medication, holidays, diet and anything concerning and broadly around anticoagulation and your health.
Quarterly figures around key areas of success in anticoagulation are published by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and are available on request or on line.
Emily Stewart – Nurse Specialist
to contact us call 01670 529739