Warfarin (INR) monitoring is now done in-house at Jedburgh Medical Practice, following the purchase of a “point of care” INR blood testing system. Our investment in new equipment and staff training is providing Warfarin patients with a quicker and more convenient service, while ensuring safe monitoring of Warfarin dosage.
How the New System Works for Warfarin Patients
- Our Phlebotomist or Practice Nurse will collect your blood sample and insert it into a meter for immediate testing.
- Your Warfarin result (INR) will then be entered into an electronic reporting programme.
- Within a few minutes we will be able to advise you about your next dose and your repeat test date. (It is no longer necessary for you to call us later in the day for this information)
- Abnormal results outwith agreed parameters will still be referred to your GP for action.
- Appointments for Warfarin testing are available throughout the week with our Phlebotomist or Practice Nurses, and now include a late morning Warfarin testing clinic every morning between 8.30am – 10.45am.
- As the test involves a fingertip prick, please try to keep your hands warm as it may be difficult to get a blood specimen if they are cold.
Warfarin Patients Monitored at Home by District Nurses
As these patients cannot attend at the Health Centre, District Nurses will continue to take blood samples and send them the BGH Laboratory via courier. Results will be reviewed by Jedburgh Medical Practice clinical staff and conveyed by us to patients.