Hi, Ive been home testing for 6 months. It is very expencive to purchase the tester and the strips but I find it very worth while to my life stile.
Some doctors/area health authority do not allow this but I was lucky in Macclesfield/Cheshire. I never thought to stop hospital or doctor surgery testing, but just to give me freedom so that I can keep working without testing getting in the way.
The system is similar to the diabetic tester so a small prick on a finger and blood to the test strip in the machine. (Troublesome at best, until you get used to it) I then phone the Warfrin clinic who gives the dosage then and there. I follow this up with an email to the doctor surgery so they have a result on hard copy.
If I were to take a test that were very out of range I would test again, if its high again, its hotfoot to hospital A&E if out of hours. Thus the doctor is assured all sides are covered and he is kept informed just as if it was done by profesionals.
The system im using CoaguCheck XS, Cost £400
Test strips from direct from Roche £3 each dep on volume.
£3 seems expencive but to save time in the doctrs surgery or hospital and the cost of fuel or bus, its probably the same. The machine, ouch! You have to work out yourself, how much do you want or need the freedom.
Anyway. Am I pleased, YES. Is it worth it. for me YES YES and YES
When I think of the time I spent in waiting rooms, No contest.
Happy home testing. Martin