Our Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Anticoagulation Service is a community-based, nurse-led, DVT assessment and treatment service for mobile and immobile patients.
Our team provide treatment and care for people with pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lungs) and deep vein thrombosis patients that have no complications and are therefore able to be seen in their own homes or in a clinic rather than in hospital. We also provide care and treatment for patients on anticoagulation therapy.
Our aim is to reduce the number of hospital admissions for immobile people with DVT and to reduce the amount of time that patients with pulmonary embolisms or on anticoagulation therapy have to stay in hospital. We also provide education and advice to other healthcare professionals
What we treat / look after
The DVT / Anticoagulation Service provides:
- assessment, diagnosis and management of patients referred with possible Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- support for early hospital discharge for patients diagnosed with pulmonary embolism
- initiation of anticoagulation patients with atrial fibrillation
- bridging therapy for patients attending endoscopy department
- out of hours service for patients with a high INR (blood clotting time) who require Vitamin K monitoring
- early discharge patients on anticoagulation therapy
- care for patients with lower limb immobilisation and a high risk of DVT (requiring low molecular weight Herapin)
How to access / referral criteria
Referrals to the service is by health professionals – Monday to Sunday 08.00am – 6.30pm, via telephone to the Single Point of Access (SPA)
The service sees patients over 18 years for DVT/anticoagulation and over 16 requiring thromboprophylaxis for lower limb immobilisation.