PAH anticoagulation service shortlisted for prestigious award

Health / Tue 20th Jun 2023 at 08:36am

THE patient-centred anticoagulation service at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The team has been recognised in the category of the ‘Improving Medicines Safety Award’ at this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2023.

The HSJ Patient Safety Awards recognise safety, culture and positive experiences in patient care nationally; acknowledging the efforts of teams and individuals across the UK who are continually striving to deliver improved patient care. 

The patient centred anticoagulation service has moved the monitoring of anticoagulant medication care from a traditional hospital-based service to an approach where patients are cared for in the community.  

Anticoagulation treatment reduces the risk of blood clots forming. Most patients taking anticoagulant medication need to do so for life and require regular blood tests to check their levels, which can have a great impact on their lives. 

The anticoagulation team began work in 2019 to establish multi-disciplinary teams so that patients could have their regular checks in community based-settings, avoiding the need to travel to the hospital and wait there for test results. 

The first session was held in Harlow in March 2020 and has since been extended across Bishop’s Stortford and Epping and surrounding communities. The teams have also introduced home visits for patients who are unable to travel to community clinics, which has improved patient safety and reduced the burden on district nurse teams.

There are now 12 sessions each week and since April 2020 over 50,000 tests have been carried out.

Claire Gibson, anticoagulation speciality lead at PAHT, said: “As a team we are absolutely delighted that our patient centred anticoagulation service has received this recognition. I am enormously proud of the whole team as they work extremely hard and always put the patient at the centre of everything they do.

“Our thanks also go to everyone involved across the multi-disciplinary teams for their engagement and support, which has been pivotal to the success of the service implementation.”

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11 Comments for PAH anticoagulation service shortlisted for prestigious award:

Bren Greenwood
2023-06-20 10:02:22

My daughter is under the anti coagulation team as she is on warfarin for life She is scared of needles but they are all so kind to her and make her feel at ease X

2023-06-20 10:18:34

I can't thank them enough, always caring, friendly and on the ball when the level is wrong, been with them for the past five years , and will be for life.

Jackie Rose
2023-06-20 10:31:47

My mum has Tara going to hers and she is an absolutely amazing and lovely lady always finds a way to put her self out and is ways chatty we look forward to seeing her

Vanessa Garrett
2023-06-21 07:07:14

Tara is wonderful! My mum has her come to her home weekly for her INR. The warfarin team do a wonderful service ❤️

Michelle Wood
2023-06-22 08:18:53

Mandy looked after my youngest years ago and she was super amazing as were the rest of the team 💞xx

Rita,Gordon and gizmo
2023-06-25 14:00:11

Tara one of the best nothing is too much for her when we ask her to do our tests,very caring and professional,all the team are amazing

Kirsty Lincoln
2023-06-27 07:48:41

Coag clinic definate win they are amazing . Carol and the team are life savers for my dad. Really friendly team to all even family members

Peggy's daughter
2023-06-27 18:55:18

Tara visited my mum before she moved into her carehome and thankfully Tara still treats her. My mum always has a smile on her face when she arrives. She is caring, thoughtful and goes above and beyond to make her feel at ease.

2023-06-27 18:56:33

Tara visited my mum before she moved into her carehome and thankfully Tara still treats her. My mum always has a smile on her face when she arrives. She is caring, thoughtful and goes above and beyond to make her feel at ease.

Christine Griffiths
2023-06-28 07:52:48

I’ve had Tara visiting me to do my INR check for many years . She is an amazing kind lady who is very professional at all times . I’m truly grateful to her as she does an excellent job within the community . She always has a smile to brighten the day and nothing is to much trouble . She is a true asset to the NHS and anticoagulation team .

2023-06-28 08:11:58

Anticoagulation team at PAH are brilliant in controlling my INR levels . Always ring me when my dose of Wafarin needs to change . Friendly when I need advice on anything regarding my medication . This service is a very much needed and appreciated . Thankyou to the whole team for providing such a great service .

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