Nurse Information (IW)

This section of the website is dedicated to the dissemination of information that will be beneficial to practice and community nurses. 

Anticoagulation

CO-AGUCHEK INR METERS – for patient self-testing

The CCG has purchased 100 INR meters for patients who are taking warfarin regularly (and are not suitable for switching to a DOAC but are suitable for self-testing).

We have arranged training on using the meter and the INR Star ENGAGE app. for practice and care home staff so that they are able to support patients and their carers. The meters and resources that have been requested have been delivered to the practices and care homes.

Key Information for Practices:

  • We need the list of meter serial numbers and patients details from each practice . Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you have not already done so.
  • Calibration / quality assurance - You will need to calibrate each patient’s self-testing meter against the practice’s INR meter at least every 6 months to be assured of accuracy or results.
  • Reimbursement of costs - You will need to order test strip from Roche and submit an invoice and a copy of the Roche invoice to the CCG.
  • ROCHE numbers - to order strips: 0808100 1998 and any technical support: 0808100 1920.

Advice for patients:

The meter is the property of the Isle of Wight CCG.

Should you have any queries or you wish to return the meters please contact:

  • If issued by your GP Practice – please contact them directly

  • Or the Isle of Wight CCG This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01983 534403

Batteries

It is advisable to keep a spare supply of 4 good quality AAA batteries.

Test Strips/Lancet Ordering Process

Please order via your GP Practice

Sharps Disposal Process

Please arrange disposal via your GP Practice.

Help & Support Lines

INRstar users

Phone: 01209 710999 (Option 1)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instant Message: https://help.inrstar.co.uk/

Calibration & Troubleshooting

The INR Meter requires calibrating 6 monthly.

If not working properly report issue to Roche careline 0808 100 7666 and select the technical support option, or notify GP practice where a replacement will be issued.

If you experience any errors please refer to the user manual.

A training video for the INR meters can be viewed here


Enoxaparin (Inhixa) Training Materials

Enoxaparin is now available as Clexane and Inhixa. These are biosimilar medicines and must therefore be prescribed and maintained by brand as they have slightly different administration techniques. Where a switch is required (e.g. with supply problems) please counsel patients as there is a difference in syringe design.

Inhixa is now the brand of choice for new patients however; Clexane is still available for existing patients. An administration training video is available here and a patient information leaflet is available here


Wound Care

Time to focus on pressure ulcer prevention Webinar

Please follow this link to register and watch the presentation on-demand. The course includes a certificate of attendance as well as carrying 1hr of eligibility towards CPD.


Venous Leg Ulcers - Self Care Support Resources beneficial during social distancing

This link gives direct access to all of L&R’s key resources to watch or download including measuring forms, ordering code lists, application posters and measuring & application videos. Self help videos for patients taking care of their wound at home are also available on the site. We hope this gives you the resources you need to support your venous leg ulceration patients in these unprecedented times and whilst we socially distance ourselves from face to face support.

Leg Ulcer Wound Care NHS RightCare scenario: The variation between sub-optimal and optimal pathways - "Betty's Story"


AQUACEL Ag+


AQUACEL Extra


AQUACEL Foam


ConVaTec FoamLite 


DuoDERM Signal & Extra Thin


Skin Tear