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The anticoagulant service closely monitors the use of blood thinners to prevent blood clots forming, reducing the likelihood of conditions such as strokes or heart attacks.

As part of the haematology team we test and measure the effect of blood thinners, such as warfarin or sinthrome and use a blood sample from a patient to advise on the correct dosage.

What happens if you are referred to this service?

You will receive a letter asking you to attend an appointment for a blood test, which could be at Princess Alexandra Hospital, St Margaret's Hospital, Herts and Essex Hospital or your local GP surgery.

When your blood tests are completed in the laboratory you will be informed by letter advising of the dose you require. 

You may also be contacted by telephone depending on the circumstances.

In some cases, district nurses will arrange for you to attend Princess Alexandra Hospital for vitamin K if your INR is too high. A prescription and a supply of Enoxaparin will be supplied if required.

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.