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7:02am 17th March 2012

More Cornish patients are being screened for potentially deadly blood clots.

The number being checked when they are admitted to hospital is up by two percent, according to the latests statistics. Figures for October to December of last year show the rate has risen to nearly 95%.

Health bosses say it helps cut the risk of complications later.

Dr Desmond Creagh is the lead for thrombosis at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. He said, "It can make people really ill. It can put their lives at risk, it can certainly impair their recovery from their hospital surgery or their pneumonia. So the aim of the assessment is actually to try and highlight those patients at risk and give them the appopriate preventative treatment.

"The reality is, we're sort of built as clotting machines for more dangerous times,  so when we're in situations like immobilisation in hospital or sick with pneumonia, quite readily we'll have clots in our body."

Dr Mike Durkin is Medical Director for NHS South of England. He said, "We have worked hard across the region to ensure that all patients admitted to hospital are screened for potentially life-threatening blood clots and receive appropirate treatment where necessary.

"I am delighted to see that this hard work is paying off and that increasing numbers of patients are being assessed. However, we can still do more the ensure every patient is screened."

7:02am 17th March 2012

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