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Medicine Services

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Contact: (0191) 282 0646 - Melanie Cunningham, Matron


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If you are suspected of having Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in one of your limbs by either your GP or having attended the Accident and Emergency Department you will be referred to our Emergency Assessment Unit.

The tests you need can be carried out on the same day and this may mean that you have to wait for them to be carried out and for the results to be checked by a doctor.

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On arrival at the unit you will be shown into a waiting room or a day room where there is a television and magazines. You will be offered food and drink during your stay. Situated on the first floor of Leazes Wing there are shops selling various snacks, newspapers and magazines.

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The first stage of the assessment is to take a sample of your blood. A member of the ward team will take this. The blood test will establish whether there is a significant possibility of you having a DVT. The laboratory will take about two hours to process the test.

Whilst waiting for the results you will be assessed by a member of the nursing team who will ask questions and perform an ECG (a recording of your heart rhythm) and record your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and weight.

Once your blood results are available you will be seen by a doctor who will decide whether an ultrasound scan of your limb is needed to confirm the diagnosis of DVT.

The ultrasound scan will be performed the same day if your blood results are available before 1pm. If the service is busy and your blood results are processed after 1pm, you may have to return the next day for your ultrasound scan.

Following your ultrasound scan you will be seen by a member of the medical team within about one hour. You will then be told if you have a DVT and prescribed the necessary treatment (the treatment is described in the Department of Haematology leaflet given to you on arrival to the unit).

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If you have a DVT, your treatment will continue as an outpatient. If you feel able you can be shown how to give your own injections or we can arrange for a district nurse to visit you at home. Alternatively you can attend the hospital on a daily basis.

An appointment will be arranged for a further blood test to reassess your treatment. A follow-up appointment at the Haematology Clinic will also be arranged.

Occasionally the medical staff may feel it is necessary for you to be reviewed by the consultant. The ward round starts at 5pm so you may have to wait on the unit to be seen.

We hope that you will accept that this ‘one stop, one-day’ approach avoids you having to stay in hospital overnight and you get the tests and assessments done as quickly as possible.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff on the unit.

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