DENHOLME doctors are among those nominated for a national award for their anticoagulation service.

The Thornton and Denholme GP practice is one of several across Bradford involved in a service that reduces people’s chance of developing blood clots which can lead to serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

The group of practices, known as Affinity Care, were nominated in the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards in a category that recognises the best and most comprehensive services in the country for atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

The practices have provided a service for more than 15 years, and their multi-disciplinary team currently care for more than 870 patients and deliver over 6,000 appointments every year.

Affinity Care practice nurse Jane Patrickson said: “Our service includes a self-testing initiative which allows patients to use a machine and testing strips to check their levels when and where it’s convenient for them.

“The kit works with an app called Engage, which prompts when it’s time to test and then sends the results directly to our software via Bluetooth. We use this data to determine a person’s daily dose and send it back to them to ensure they receive the right amount of medication for their levels at that time.”