What we do
The high quality service is provided by a team based at Royal Glamorgan Hospital comprised of specialist pharmacists and nurse practitioners supported by a dedicated clinic co-ordinator.
We initiate, monitor and adjust the dose of patients’ oral anticoagulant (blood thinner) treatment.
We educate and inform patients about their treatment and once their treatment is stabilised we ensure they are transferred safely for on-going monitoring in Primary Care.
Our aim is to provide referred patients a safe, efficient and cost-effective service that ensures easy access.
Who is it for?
The service is for adults within the Rhondda and Taff Ely localities who have blood disorders or conditions requiring anticoagulant treatment.
- Initiation of anticoagulants for a non-urgent indication
- Stabilisation of anticoagulation prior to transfer for on-going monitoring in Primary Care
- Management of patients with complex conditions requiring intensive monitoring
- Remote dosing and information service for housebound patients in partnership with district nurses.
Can anyone use this service?
Adult patients can be referred to the service by any Cwm Taf UHB GP or hospital doctor.
Clinics: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday by appointment Helpline: Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
What to expect
On arrival patients should book in at reception.
Patients should be seen within 10 minutes of their appointment time but if there is a delay they will be informed.
When starting an anticoagulant, patients’ appointments will last about 20 minutes, with subsequent visits being shorter.
Patients will be seen by a pharmacist or nurse practitioner who will take a finger prick blood sample, followed by a consultation to complete a checklist of the important information patients need to know.
Patients will then be advised on what medication and dose to take and given a follow up appointment.
Anticoagulation Out-Patient Service
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Tel: 01443 443500
Fax: 01443 443150