GPPC has successfully tendered to provide anticoagulation services in NE Essex. This service has been provided in general practices in the past through individual contracts with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This led to variations in levels of their service provision. From 1/7/16, GPPC has been contracted by the CCG to provide the service which it will do through it's member practices. There will be a number of new guidelines and pathways intended to make the service more evenly provided and also to assist practices in the delivery of safe, clinically appropriate and patient centred care.
Most existing patients on anticoagulants are unlikely to detect any change in the service provided.
However, we will be keen to ensure that the number of patients who receive anti-coagulation treatment is maximised and in particular those that are still on aspirin for non-valvular atrial fibrillation is kept to a minimum. Aspirin is no longer recommended treatment for this condition and we are aiming to transfer as many people as possible onto warfarin or one of the new oral anticoagulants so that the risk of stroke is minimised.