Our Services

Anticoagulant

The Anticoagulant Department is based within the Pathology Department in the Cooper Buildingat Macclesfield District General Hospital. From there we operate a Trust-wide service at 10 locations acrossEastern Cheshire.

Who takes Anticoagulants?

Patients who have had clots, such as a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), or who have a condition which puts them at risk of a stroke, such as Atrial Fibrillation are often given oral anticoagulants to reduce the risk of future clots. The Anticoagulant Clinic monitors the treatment of patients taking oral anticoagulants.

New Patient Clinic

We see all new patients to the clinic by appointment only. New Patient clinics take place on a Tuesday morning between 9.00 and 12.00 at the Waters Green Medical Centre. A limited number of appointments are available for new patients at the Congleton War Memorial Hospital on a Monday morning between 11.00 and 11.30.

Patients attending the New Patient clinic at Waters Green should be aware that there are free car parking facilities in the multi-storey car park at the Medical Centre. Free parking is also available atCongletonWarMemorialHospital.

Patients attending a New Patient clinic should also allow additional time for the appointment as they will be seeing the Anticoagulant Practitioner who will offer them advice about oral anticoagulants. A fingerprick blood test will also be taken at this appointment.

If you require any special assistance please let us know either prior to attending or at the reception desk when you arrive.

Outreach Clinics

After this initial appointment, patients can be seen in an outreach setting at a clinic which is more convenient to them. We currently see patients at:

  • Bollington Medical Centre
  • Chelford Surgery
  • CongletonWarMemorialHospital
  • George StreetMedical Practice
  • Handforth Clinic
  • Holmes Chapel Health Centre
  • KnutsfordDistrictCommunityHospital
  • Poynton Clinic
  • Waters Green Medical Centre
  • Wilmslow Health Centre

Patients attending an outreach clinic will have a fingerprick blood test and the Biomedical Scientist running the clinic will recommend a dose and a next test date for the patient.

Postal Clinic

Patients who are unable to attend one of our clinics can arrange with their GP surgery to have their blood test taken at the surgery and sent in to the laboratory for dosing. District nurses are able to take blood samples for housebound patients and this can be arranged via the GP surgery. Patients staying in nursing or residential homes can arrange with the home to have a sample sent into the laboratory.

Once a sample arrives in the laboratory it is tested the day it is received and any dose changes are telephoned to the patient (usually the same day). If a dose doesn’t change then we update the therapy record book with a new dosage label and post it back to the patient.

Our staff

Consultant Haematologist

Anticoagulant Practitioner / Anticoagulant Clinic Manager

Biomedical Scientists

Medical Laboratory Assistants

Administrative Staff

More Information

Please contact the Anticoagulant Department if you have any queries, comments or suggestions about any of our clinics.

Anticoagulant Clinic Manager:        Mr Steve Massey      (01625 661198)

Clinic Co-Ordinator:                          Mr Will Clarke            (01625 661836)

Fax:     01625 661198

Email: ecn-tr.anticoag@nhs.net