As briefly as I can here is my recent experience,
2 years ago I started self monitoring using a Coaguchek XS system, the local surgery accepted the use of the monitor and if I registered with WEQAS ( cost £120 per year ) would get strips on prescription. I didn't get around to registering with WEQAS as I only tested every 2/3 weeks which made it cheaper to buy my own strips.
In November I was told by the warfarin clinic nurse that I must register with WEQAS or I would not be allowed to use my monitor any longer. Calibration being the reason given.
So, I wrote to WEQAS asking how I might register and was informed that they do not register individual home testers, only clinics, surgery's etc. They then contacted Taunton NHS who I believe contacted my local surgery, in Somerset.
Last week I went in for an INR test and was informed of new Somerset Health Policy,
NO MORE SELF MONITORING, insurance and litigation being the reason. I was threatened with the Warfarin prescription being withdrawn if I did not comply. The Doctor in charge of the Warfarin clinic was most emphatic that this was new policy from Somerset Health Authority, and explained that there has been a rethink of self monitoring and it was no longer to be allowed.
Even if this is only in Somerset, many people must be effected. Roche have sold half a million of these monitors, many to people in the UK. Roche still sell these monitors and when buying test strips from them one is asked if one is aware that they are available on prescription?
I just can't believe that what I have been told is correct, and would love to know what the policy really is. Has anyone else found their surgery stopping them self monitoring?
Seasons Greetings to you all