London- SE22, blood test.

Dec 11th, 2011, 11:39 PM
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London- SE22, blood test.

We want to take an elderly relative to stay with family in East Dulwich on the 27th December for a week. He has recently been put on warfarin and has to have this checked every three days.
We live in the U.K.
Is there any way these tests can be taken privately and how would we arrange this?
Thank you to anyone who knows the answer.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 01:40 AM
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Details on simple blood test below any lab can do this.

Contact his MD for approval/advice.

This test is also called "ProTime INR" and "INR PT". ... The prothrombin time can be prolonged as a result of deficiencies in vitamin K, warfarin therapy, ...
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Dec 12th, 2011, 02:08 AM
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Why do you need private treatment?

She should have been told how to handle this by her own GP when she went onto warfarin. Normally, the practice manager at your GP will tell you what to do: depending on local facilities, you'll either be told to use the nurse at the GP closest to where you're staying, or a more general NHS facility, like a walk in clinic,local emergency unit or a neighbourhood MIU.

If you're not familiar with how this works, it's important to understand the mechanics, because they might affect the best way for you to do this. Typically a GP nurse takes the blood, it's motorbiked to the nearest NHS lab, which phones your rellie (or a nominated alternative: it's important the lab has the right phone number, especially if you're all sightseeing all day) with the results 6 hours or so after the test. Sometimes in general facilities, like a hospital or MIU, it might be possible to get the result immediately (or at least "immediately" as used in the NHS): there are a few trials round Britain allowing the patient to take the blood directly.

The expert on this, as always, is your rellie's GP. Unless you stumble over someone in SE22 actually doing this, it's very, very unlikely anyone on a board like this will know what the best way of doing this in your family's street, given the facilities at your family's medical practice, will be.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 02:15 AM
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The easiest is to register your relative as a temporary patient with your GP and ask for the blood test. He should bring along his medical card, or at least the name and address of his GP so that a letter can be sent about it as a matter of information.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 02:24 AM
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Best ask the family you're staying with to get advice from the doctor they normally use, or their nearest GP practice. If, as I assume, you're from outside the UK, if an NHS service does it, it might well be charged for as a pre-existing condition. However, there might be an issue about Christmas week cover for routine blood testing (or at least, analysis and return of results), which is why your family's GP is probably the best source of advice on local services. There is a big teaching hospital in the area which presumably has on-site blood analysis, but the local experts would know best.
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Dec 12th, 2011, 03:07 AM
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I meant, of course, ask your family to check with their doctor NOW, not in Christmas week!
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Dec 12th, 2011, 01:24 PM
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Thank you for very useful information and guidance.I'll come back on this in the New Year and let you know how we got on.
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Jan 4th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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Well this didn't happen. Our relative decided not to come.
I'm sorry that in those circumstances I can't give anyone else the benefit of our experience.
Thank you all for your help. The website from PatrickLondon was particularly helpful.
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