Prior to discharge, a prescriber must refer all patients on, or to be commenced on, warfarin (or acenocoumarol) to the Glasgow and Clyde Anticoagulation Service (GCAS). This should be regardless of whether:
GCAS are currently phasing out faxed referrals, and patients on warfarin or acenocoumarol should now be referred electronically via TrakCare. Patients on Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs eg apixaban, dabigatran or rivaroxaban) should NOT be referred.
If referred within GCAS office hours (Mon – Fri 9 - 4pm), details of the appointment will be added to the patient’s Clinical Record within one hour and the clinical area will be telephoned with the details; referrals made outwith these hours, and on public holidays, will be actioned the next working day. All patients should be seen by GCAS within one week of discharge.
How to make a referral via TrakCare