Prior to the new self-testing initiative in County Durham and Darlington, Derek needed to make the regular trip to the clinic to test his blood INR. Now he is able to self-test from the comfort of his own home and even holiday abroad with his family in Menorca. For Derek, being able to test his own INR has improved his time spent in therapeutic range by over 20%. The INR self-testing service has enabled him to become more involved with his own health and care meaning he can better understand his condition and the best ways to manage it.
I used to have to attend clinic every two weeks, sometimes weekly. My INR readings fluctuate unfortunately, meaning I need very regular monitoring and the new system works around my life, rather than the other way around.