New system works

IN YOUR January 10 issue you published a letter for G Baker, following comments by Astra Brand reported the previous week, about the new system for Warfarin blood tests. There are two sides to every question, and I for one am delighted that I can walk to

IN YOUR January 10 issue you published a letter for G Baker, following comments by Astra Brand reported the previous week, about the new system for Warfarin blood tests. There are two sides to every question, and I for one am delighted that I can walk to my doctor's surgery for my blood test rather than having to drive to the hospital.The system as it works for me is that I made an appointment with the practice nurse for the blood test (no doctor is involved). The nurse sends my blood sample with my completed questionnaire (which somehow I have managed not to crumple, tear or lose) to the hospital path lab (no staff being made redundant). By return of post I get the test result, together with advice as to what level of medication to take and when to have my next blood test, and the questionnaire to complete for the next test. Any advice which may be needed is given efficiently over the phone and I still have my yellow record book.So the new system works perfectly for me, and surely any procedure which reduces the huge numbers attending the hospital every day must have something to commend it.DAVID LOWTON - St Peters Avenue, Weston


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