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Screening patients for risk of blood clots

If you are admitted to one of our hospitals, or are planning to come into hospital for surgery, the staff caring for you will assess your risk of developing a blood clot – also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) – during your stay.

We do this so we can offer preventative treatment where necessary, usually medicines to help thin your blood or special stockings to wear while in hospital or both.  

What's the standard?

We are expected to screen 95% of patients coming into hospital.

All patients should receive information about blood clots when they arrive, and further advice before they leave hospital.

How are we doing?

We have a specialist team to oversee these assessments and minimise the number of patients who experience complications.

Our recent performance:

  • August 2019 – 96.8% of our patients screened for blood clots
  • July – 96.8%
  • June – 96.6%.

Find out more

For more information, see the thrombosis UK website or NHS website.

Got a question?

If you have a question about or comment on this information, please contact the communications team at communicationsteam@gstt.nhs.uk.

of our patients were screened for blood clots in August 2019

How you can help us

Remaining active and drinking plenty of fluids while you’re in hospital will reduce the risk of blood clots – our staff will advise you what to do. If you are unsure, please ask. 

Making your stay with us safeSee also Making your stay with us safe (PDF 882kb) to find out more. 

Page last updated: November 17 2019