Warfarin is a drug that helps blood to flow freely around the body, stopping any clots forming in the heart or in the blood vessels.
Who needs to be on warfarin?
Certain medical conditions like Atrial Fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or artificial heart valves and stents, may have an increased likelihood of forming a clot. Some of these patients may be suitable to go on to warfarin to keep their blood sufficiently thin enough to prevent a clot and keep their blood flowing.
How Wafarin works
Warfarin works to thin the blood by slowing down the production of Vitamin K clotting factors in the body which are needed for blood clots to form.
When a patient is on warfarin, the levels of warfarin in the body need to be regularly monitored against the International Normalisation Ratio (INR) to ensure that the blood is not too thick (causing a clot readily) or too thin (causing a bleed).
Warfarin is a drug that interacts with many different things in the body like; other medications, diet, fluid intake (inc. alcohol), and other medical conditions. It is therefore crucial to not just check for the INR but also to look out for these interactions and reduce or prevent untoward incidences like a clot or a bleed happening.
At your convenience
As some patients need to have their INR monitored once, or even twice, a week, it can be quite time consuming and difficult to keep up with appointments. Trying to juggle work, family, and social occasions etc. can be troublesome as some clinics may require multiple buses and taxis to get to them. It is because of this that the Primary Care Trusts have allowed qualified pharmacists to carry out the service in the local communities, making the service more accessible and closer to home.
Here at Jaysons, we have 3 qualified pharmacists providing INR testing 6 days a week in the pharmacy, covering patients from the Long Eaton and surrounding areas.
As part of the FREE service we provide:
- Warfarin initiation for Atrial Fibrillation patients
- Monitoring and dosing
- Home Visits
- Saturday Appointments available
- Advice on drug interactions, diet and alcohol consumption
- Reports for patients and GPs
It's easy to switch from other providers and hospitals.
Just pop in or call and we will do the rest.