I am on holiday with my husband staying at Disney Grand Floridian Hotel and wondered if anyone knows anywhere nearby where he can have his INR tested as he has been advised to as last reading was 4.3 in England and they adjusted the dose but advised to have test a week into the holiday 



by pacergirl - 2019-04-13 21:30:27

If you can speak to the people at the front desk where you checked in, they may be able to refer you to someone that can assist you with medical needs.

Next time ....

by LondonAndy - 2019-04-14 07:33:55

... You might want to consider him having his own hand-held meter, so that he can test his INR anytime and anywhere.  And it is with a finger-prick blood sample, not a more invasive blood draw.  Here in the UK our National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends the CoaguChek XS meter as the optimum way to manage INR - massively improved life expectancy and cheaper for the NHS too.  You can see their report (and my amateur summary of it) at (case sensitive). Currently you may find you have to buy the meter (£300 / US$400) and can then get the test strips on prescription, but some UK Clinical Commissioning Groups do provide the meters free.  

I have a mechanical aortic valve, and check my INR weekly.  With a little bit of training I am also able to adjust my warfarin dose, though still have the anticoagulation clinic to call on if needed.  

Weather looks great in Florida!  Hope you are having a good time.  I am sure knowing his INR whenever needed would help enjoy it more.

urgent care

by Tracey_E - 2019-04-14 17:57:32

What you want is an urgent care or a minute clinic. There are a lot of urgent cares around. Be careful asking at the hotel desk. I did that once with an eye injury, couldn't see enough to do my own research so was sent to a concierge clinic, cost $500 for them to tell me they couldn't help! Most urgent cares will have a flat fee around $150. I have no idea how your insurance works over here so it may be less, but it shouldn't be more. 

Minute Clinics are in most CVS stores, which are all over the place. Walgreens has similar clinics. They are smaller and can do less than an urgent care but faster and cost less. You'd have to call and ask about INR but these are the closest to you.

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