If I may raise the thorny issue of self testing and prescriptions again....
My GP who is very understanding has agreed to and is in talks with my CCG asking about prescriptions for the dreaded strips!
I've offered to self fund the machine, but could not afford to keep buying strips into the future.
My issue is that I currently have to attend my local GP surgery every week for an INR and I'm concerned my arms are becoming a mess and scar tissue is forming.
I've looked on information issued here about local CCG policy and my particular one in South Glos is unclear as it seems to stats it's decided on a case by case basis.
My rheumatologist is supportive which is great. Being tied to weekly appointments is a pain tbh however it's better than the mess i ended up in a few years ago through bad practice and management of INR despite my protests at my last surgery before I moved home,
Back then my INR range was set too low (I now realise) and I was only being tested on average every 6 weeks in the local surgery by their own machine and the results were kept in house despite my asking to be referred to a consultant.
Hindsight truly is a wonderful thing.