For individuals who take warfarin to thin their blood, Fendalton Mall Pharmacy can now offer an “on the spot” warfarin monitoring service where we can check your bleeding time (“INR”) and adjust your dose while you wait in the pharmacy.
Warfarin testing at our pharmacy has several advantages over usual laboratory based testing:
- A drop of blood is taken by a finger prick (similar to how patients with diabetes check their own blood sugars) instead of a vial of blood taken from the vein
- The results are fast - within minutes, while you wait
- We give you a printed calendar that explains your next warfarin dosing schedule
- We can remind you about your next blood test date by email or phone
- Our service is free
Warfarin testing at Fendalton Mall Pharmacy requires the support of your GP, who remains “in charge” of your overall care. They authorise us to take care of your day-to-day warfarin management. We advise your GP of all of your results and any tricky INRs (too low or too high) are discussed with them before a plan for your future dosing is reached.
Our pharmacy has offered this free service since 2013. We have pharmacists who have undertaken the specialist training to provide this service and are keen to help. If you think pharmacy testing sounds like a good idea, let us know so that we can provide more information for you and your GP.