Hilton Head Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic
Open Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
What is an anticoagulation clinic?
The Anticoagulation Clinic is a service established to monitor and manage the medication(s) that you take to prevent blood clots. Physically, it is located in the main lobby of the hospital that is staffed by a pharmacist and support personnel. The pharmacist, working in conjunction with your physician, will check your blood test and adjust your dose of warfarin as well as other medicines that may be needed (such as heparin injections or Vitamin K, the antidote to warfarin).
Why is a special clinic needed to manage my medicine?
Warfarin can be a dangerous medicine if not closely monitored. While on warfarin, your blood clotting time or INR must be checked at least once a month, but more often when first starting this medicine, when changes are made to your other medications, or if your INR results are not within the therapeutic range.
What is required to be enrolled in the Hilton Head Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic?
Your physician must send a referral form to the Anticoagulation Clinic office. This physician must be someone whom you intend to continue to visit at least once a year. You must be willing to come for the required appointments with the pharmacists at least once a month, but more often if necessary.
What is the procedure for follow-up in the Anticoagulation Clinic?
After your physician sends in the referral form, you will be contacted by the Anticoagulation Clinic staff to discuss your therapy and to arrange your first appointment. At your appointments, the pharmacist will check your INR by using a finger stick blood test (the result will be available immediately). The pharmacist will ask some questions about your health and medications, determine if your warfarin dose should be adjusted, and schedule your next appointment. At your first visit, you will be given some additional education regarding warfarin.
Billing and Insurance
There is a charge for these services, but they are covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. Patients should contact their insurance company or Medicare to see if they are covered or have a co-payment for these services.
Please notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to reschedule a lab or office appointment.
As a patient in the Anticoagulation Clinic, it is your responsibility to notify us when you:
- Start, stop or change the way you take your prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products and vitamins
- Are told to take your warfarin differently by your Physician than instructed by the Anticoagulation Clinic
- Become ill, experience a change in your health status, or are admitted to the hospital
- Are scheduled for medical or dental procedures
- Change your eating habits or your alcohol intake
While many patients are placed on warfarin for life-long therapy, some patients may only take warfarin for a few months. Therefore, it is important that you see your physician regularly to determine if you still need warfarin and make sure the medication is not causing any problems. Your physician decides how long you need to continue taking warfarin. If you are not seeing a physician regularly, at least once every six to 12 months, our clinic may not be able to continue managing your warfarin therapy.
You can contact the Anticoagulation Clinic by calling 843-682-7360, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please leave a message if we are unable to take your call. All messages will be returned within one (1) business day. If you experience uncontrolled bleeding or require immediate medical attention, please report to the nearest emergency department. Please contact your primary care physician when you are concerned about other issues related to your health.
We look forward to monitoring your warfarin therapy.