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Sunday 15 September 2019
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All patients tested for thromboembolism risk

Every patient who is admitted to an English hospital is to have their risk of developing life-threatening blood clots assessed, the government has announced.

The new instruction to hospital staff is to be implemented next autumn in order to help doctors pinpoint which patients are most at risk of conditions such as deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism.

The Department of Health said that venous thromboembolism – the general medical term for blood clots in the veins – among patients in hospital accounts for around 25,000 deaths in England each year.