INR (anticoagulant) clinics
Warfarin is a medicine taken in tablet form to thin your blood, which can help prevent blood clots. If your doctor prescribes you Warfarin tablets it is important to have a regular blood test to ensure its effects are optimised and safe – this test is called an INR (International Normalised Ratio).
The frequency of blood testing depends on each INR result. Usually testing will be necessary every few weeks but may vary and sometimes blood may need testing every few days.
We have a dedicated clinic that is held every Wednesday and Friday morning, where a fingertip blood test is taken. The sample is then immediately tested using a small device called a CoaguChek System. The result takes less than one minute to process and the trained clinical staff will use a software programme to give rapid, accurate results that means the patient can be guided on the dose of Warfarin they should continue on the same day. This information will also be recorded in your medical record.
You will also be told when your next blood test is due; your next appointment may be booked at the same time.
If you attend the INR Clinic please remember to bring your 'yellow book' with you when you come to the clinic.
INR bloods taken at the Treatment Room
Bloods taken at Treatment Room are sent to the Haematology Laboratory at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy for testing as there is no facility there to carry out the test.
To ensure that your results are available we ask that you telephone the practice at 5.00pm on the next working day.
If your results are abnormal we will be informed of this by the Haematology Laboratory and will in turn we will contact you by telephone.
When given your result, you will be advised on any required alterations to your Warfarin dosing and when your next blood test is due. Please make this appointment with the receptionist.
Do not alter your Warfarin dose unless instructed to do so by the practice
Patients newly prescribed Warfarin
It is important that you contact the practice at 5.00pm on the day of your blood test until your INR is stable. Once stabilised results are available the next working day.