Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

What is the Service?

The Nurse-led Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Service is based within the Westbourne (NHS) Centre. This service aims to provide a high quality service that offers standardised and clinically effective diagnostic management and treatment of patients who may have developed a DVT. The service will give optimum care to all patients and reduce the risk of extension of existing event or further thromboembolic events.

The team works in close partnership with the Anticoagulation Service for those patients who are diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). The team have established links with all services within CHCP, Primary Care GP’s, community pharmacists, Secondary Care Consultants, ultrasound service and pathology department.

Patients attend the Westbourne NHS Centre on the day of referral for assessment and diagnostics to identify possible DVT or other diagnosis. Depending on test results patients may then be referred for ultrasound scanning to confirm if a DVT is present. Patients with a positive result will then be commenced on appropriate treatment and then referred to the Anticoagulation Service for ongoing monitoring.

Aim of Service

The service aims to:

  • To manage patients effectively who require a diagnosis of possible DVT following a referral from their General Practitioner or Health Professional.
  • To give optimum care in terms of diagnosis of DVT, management of care and reduction of further thromboembolism events or extension of an existing event.
  • To give optimum care in terms of patient satisfaction.
  • To educate patients and encourage improved compliance with treatment.

Service Referral Criteria

Patients can be referred by a GP or healthcare professional, please call 01482 335597 for further referral information.

Referral criteria:

  • Patients aged 18 years of age and over.
  • Suitable for Ambulatory care.
  • Stable Medical Condition.
  • Alcohol or substance misuse under stable clinical care with another primary health care professional/service.
  • Patient concordance with treatment.

Expected Outcomes for the Service

  • Reduction in hospital admissions in terms of DVT assessment.
  • Patients seen and diagnosed within the same day.
  • Diagnosis and signposting of other conditions.
  • Provide care closer to home.

Contact and Availability

Contact details, where the service can be accessed and what hours it can be accessed

7 days a week – 09.30 – 20.00 (last referral by 18:00)

Patients will be seen in the Westbourne NHS Centre.

The DVT Service
Westbourne (NHS) Centre
81 Westbourne Avenue

Tel: 01482 335597