Yvonne's Story

“It’s totally liberating. I now have the ability to travel the world”

Yvonne is 62 and an adminisrtation support officer and retired physiotherpaist. She started taking warfarin 10 years ago and was very restricted by her regular trips to the anticoagulation unit. After discussing with her GP, Yvonne decided to buy a CoaguChek XS machine, which allowed her the freedom to travel the world for the last 9 years.

I first started taking warfarin 10 years ago and this meant going to the anticoagulation clinic once a week for 3 hours at a time and losing an afternoon at work. My consultant suggested I buy a machine to monitor my own INR but I couldn’t afford it. Then I won a large sum of money at Bingo and decided to invest in a CoaguChek XS machine to give me some control over my condition. I discussed this with the anticoagulation nurse specialist and my GP before buying my monitor direct from Roche.

My GP agreed to prescribe the test strips and the anticoagulation nurses have been wonderful, providing me with advice and support whenever I need it. They drew up a contract between their hospital service and me, which enabled me to self-manage. Furthermore, they check my CoaguChek XS machine 3 times a year against a venous sample. As I’m self-managing (monitoring and medicating) they made sure I understood how warfarin works.

It is totally liberating. I wanted to travel and have the independence to manage my own condition as much as possible. I can monitor my INR wherever I am and adjust my warfarin doses accordingly. For 9 years now I have been able to travel all over the world and across many time zones averting possible further TAs or a stroke. And I haven’t had to spend time in hospital or clinics. It gives me peace of mind.

If you feel confident to do this, speak to your GP (to make sure they prescribe the test strips as not all GPs do) and to the anticoagulation nurses to make sure they are happy to support you to self-monitor. You will find it empowering to be able to take some control over your illness and closely monitor your medical status.

If you would like to make it easier to buy, take advantage of our interest free Easy Payment Plan, spread over 12 or 24 months.*

Available via the Care Line team. For more details please call 0808 100 7666.

CoaguChek® INRange meter kit available from £12.45** per month, excl. VAT

(24 x monthly payments of just £12.45**,12 x monthly payments of just £24.91**,total price £299) CoaguChek INRange test strips are available on prescription or you can buy online directly from Roche***

* T&Cs apply **Interest free Easy Payment Plan – Patient only (maximum 1 individual purchase). Individual patients can benefit from an Easy Payment Plan, spreading the cost interest free over 12 or 24 months.  In these cases the patient will need to make the purchase and a credit check will be required.
Representative example:
Cash Price £299
Total amount of credit £299
Interest rate 0% fixed
Pay either £24.91 per month for 12 months or £12.45 per month for 24 months
0% APR representative
Total amount payable £298.92 over 12 months or £298.80 over 24 months
This finance option is available through Roche Diagnostics Limited, Charles Avenue, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9RY. Roche Diagnostics Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit is provided by Hitachi Personal Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Prices are correct at time of preparation (November 2014). Prices are correct at time of last update (November 2016). Prices and finance options are subject to change. Finance requires credit checks before approval. *** Test strips are required and are available on prescription (GP’s discretion, prescription charges may apply). Care Line operational hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. Patients who are chronically sick are eligible for VAT exemption, for more information please refer to HM Revenue and Customs on 0300 200 3700
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