Medication Therapy Clinic
Careful monitoring of some blood-thinning medications – such as Warfarin (Coumadin), Lovenox or Heparin – is necessary because of possible serious risks associated with certain health conditions, such as stroke, atrial fibrillation and deep vein thrombosis, as well as the medication, itself. The Licking Memorial Hospital Medication Therapy Clinic is a service directed by a physician and staffed by clinical pharmacists and registered nurses with specific knowledge of these types of anticoagulation therapy.
Anemia management is a service directed by a physician and staffed by clinical pharmacists and nurses with specific knowledge of anemia therapy. The clinic addresses low blood iron levels and red blood cell counts that typically occur in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Careful monitoring of laboratory results to control these low blood levels and providing recommendations for treatment with medication injections and/or iron replacement are the focus of this clinic.
Our purpose is to set up a treatment plan that will help your doctor manage your care while you are on these types of medications, teach you and your family about the correct dosing and the importance of close supervision by the health team while you are taking them, and help you learn the signs and symptoms of complications.
Laboratory studies are generally performed on-site in the clinic using a finger stick. Patients should report any active bleeding episodes or severe bruising. Expected length of therapy is determined by your primary care physician and is made on an individual basis.
The Medication Therapy Clinic is located on the sixth floor of Licking Memorial Hospital. Hours of service are Monday through Thursday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Alternate appointments may be scheduled as necessary. Phone consultation and assistance is also available. Please bring your insurance/medical card with you and do leave all other valuables at home.
Regular communication with your primary care physician (PCP)/referring physician occurs throughout your care in the clinic. Patients must continue to receive medical follow-up by their PCP or referring physician.
Licking Memorial Health Systems has patient education material available (Care Grams) or visit the Health Information section of this Web site.