We are now conducting INR (warfarin) testing in-pharmacy. This is a free service which involves a quick, virtually pain-free finger prick test. We give you instant results including your recommended warfarin dose.
Do you take warfarin?
The CoaguChek meter requires less blood and is therefore less painful than a venous blood sample. The results are as accurate as a lab based venous sample but are available much faster.
Every patient will also receive a comprehensive warfarin counseling session with one of the qualified pharmacists to ensure they have a good understanding of warfarin. You will get a handout covering all the important information to remember about warfarin to take home.
Community Pharmacy Warfarin Services are the provision of INR point-of-care testing by accredited community pharmacists. Following a finger prick sample of blood analysed in a machine to determine the INR result, the pharmacist adjusts the next dose of warfarin according to agreed Standing Orders and an approved on-line computer decision-support system which calculates the dose and date of the next test.
Similar to finger prick testing for blood glucose, the test result is available within minutes and the patient receives printed treatment advice immediately on the dose they should take. The GP is automatically informed of each test and the recommended dose.
How does the Service work?