Introduction of Annual Fee - Warfarin Care Clinic

QML Pathology have offered the Warfarin service for over 40 years as part of our commitment to support you and your patients.

You may not be aware that there is currently no Medicare rebate, nor any other government funding, for this service. While we have been able to deliver this service at no cost to the patient in the past, from 1 November 2018 we will be introducing a service registration fee for new patients and a small annual fee for existing patients. This will affect your patients as follows;

This fee will ensure we can continue to deliver this much-needed service and allow us to offer your Warfarin patients comprehensive support and peace of mind. The fee will include:

  • One of our specialist pathologists monitoring the patient’s Warfarin levels
  • Access to our Warfarin Care team who are trained to deal with Warfarin dosing
  • Access, where appropriate, to Vitamin K at no further cost if required for INR reversal 
  • A patient contact process for urgent changes to Warfarin doses
  • A patient contact process for overdue tests for Warfarin patients
  • Access to our Warfarin Support Group via phone and email 

Current patients within the Warfarin Clinic will be notified well prior to the 1st November, 2018 to advise them they will be charged an Annual Fee to continue the service. Those patients who do not wish to pay for the service will be advised to discuss their anticoagulation or monitoring options with their primary doctor.

Please ensure your patient is advised of these fees by having them sign the Informed Financial Consent form and returning this document with the registration request.

Informed Financial Consent 

Enrolling Your Patient

Warfarin Management for Health Professionals

Introducing the QML Pathology Warfarin Care Clinic.

Let us take the hassle out of Warfarin dosing for you. Not only does QML Pathology provide exceptional testing services but we can also support referring doctors with the monitoring and management of patients undergoing warfarin therapy.

Let our team of specialist pathologists, medical practitioners and health professionals make the warfarin management process more convenient for you.

Our services include

  • Contacting the patient regarding their dose in a timely manner
  • Following up abnormal results with the patient and the doctor
  • Reminders should patients be overdue for a blood test
  • Educational and informational material for the patient to assist with their warfarin therapy
  • Liaising with hospital* (post-discharge),nursing home and pharmacy staff in warfarin management.

The Warfarin Care Clinic Charter

The Warfarin Care Clinic Charter outlines the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved.
A copy of the charter can be downloaded from the Patient Brochures and Forms section on this page.

*When made aware of patient hospital admissions.

Registering a patient

Registering a patient with the Warfarin Care Clinic can be done in one of three ways:

• By Phone: 1300 795 355 (requires at least 24 hrs notice)
• By Interactive PDF Registration Form (requires up to 3 business days)
• Online: Using our online Warfarin Registration Tools (requires up to 3 business days)

Please note: illegible handwritten requests cannot be processed until all information is clarified, this will delay the registration process. In order to reduce transcription errors and our mutual medico-legal liability, please submit typed requests where possible. The above form has editable fields to assist you.
We advise that warfarin dosing responsibility remains that of the treating LMO until a warfarin registration is accepted by QML Pathology.

Discharge a patient from hospital (re-enrol into the Warfarin Care Clinic)

When a patient is admitted into hospital this service is temporarily discontinued and must be reactivated. 

To assist in maintaining a safe INR, the dosing Haematologist requires the discharging hospital to supply the Warfarin Care Clinic with an updated health and medication history including recent Warfarin doses and INR results. The medico-legal consequences of blind dosing are an issue that can involve the laboratory and the referring physician.

Download the Post Discharge Information Update Form PDF from the Warfarin Downloads section on this page. 
Alternatively you can contact the Warfarin Care Clinic directly on 1300 795 355 
(Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 5.00pm).

Patient ceasing Warfarin control with QML Pathology Warfarin care clinic

Click here to cease a Warfarin Patient