Lewis Tierney helps promote NHS self-testing service
New service available for warfarin users in Wigan
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Lewis Tierney is best known for his heroics on the field with the Wigan Warriors.
But this week the Warriors utility-back turned his attention to a new NHS service for warfarin users in the town.
The Warriors hosted a patient awareness day for the warfarin self-testing technology at its Central Park headquarters on Montrose Avenue.
The service is available to 4,000 people in the Wigan area who take the blood-thinning drug.
Patients are given a Roche self-testing device and test their blood from home.
Readings are sent back to a nurse via a simple automated telephone call or email.
Lewis attended the event to meet with patients.
He said: “We are at the heart of the Wigan community and we will do whatever we can to promote health and wellbeing in our town.
“We use all sorts of clever technology to monitor our fitness at the Warriors and we encourage warfarin users to find out about this new home-monitoring service in Wigan.”
At the event, patient expert John Binks told attendees that self-testing is “as easy as making a cup of tea”.
The former BAE Systems manager has been using the new service since November.
The 84-year-old said: “The service is convenient because you can use it at home instead of going to the clinic every fortnight.
“It boosts your self confidence and independence and allows you to play an active part in your own health care.
“I have a better interaction with my clinic and know that I am helping the NHS as well as myself by self testing at home.
“My therapeutic range has improved since I started the service, which is a win-win situation for me and the NHS.”
Around 40 warfarin users attended the patient awareness day. They included Danny Taberner, a 22-year-old university graduate from Westleigh.
He is using warfarin after having a massive pulmonary embolism while recovering from testicular cancer.
The brave young man is keen to begin self-testing so he can pursue his career ambitions as a civil engineer.
Mr Taberner, who has just graduated from Bolton University with a 2.1 degree in civil engineering, said: “Self-testing will give me the freedom to work here, there and everywhere without having to go to the clinic. I can’t wait to start.”
During the event, patients watched demonstrations by nurses, listened to a presentation by expert patient John Binks and asked questions about the free and optional service.
There was also a raffle to win five signed Warriors shirts.
Inhealthcare, a Yorkshire-based digital health specialist, is delivering the service with Wigan Borough Federated Healthcare.