Novel Oral Anticoagulant (NOAC) Alert Cards

The Cardiac Advisory Group of the Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks are in the process of distributing and publicising a generic NOAC Alert Card they have developed to clearly inform patients and healthcare professionals of key safety information regarding the use of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs).

Primary and secondary care pharmacists have been asked to issue the card to patients when they issue the prescription.

If your practice would like a supply of the NOAC Alert Card to issue yourselves please email england.nescn@nhs.net to request these.

The card includes advice to the patient about what symptoms and signs should concern them and who to contact if problems develop with clear lines of responsibility. Useful information for healthcare workers includes the indication and duration for the treatment and advice on how to manage common complications and concerns.

The card was developed in consultation with all stakeholders within our clinical networks as a standardised and easily recognisable tool for use across the region.

To read more, and see an example of the card, please use the link below:

http://www.nescn.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/NOAC-Alert-Card-Initiative1.pdf