The machines are about to get a lot better.
In a move that could make you a lot more likely to win the jackpot, technology is helping doctors test for blood-clotting disorder.
This could mean you’re more likely at a doctor’s appointment or, for the lucky few, in the hospital.
The technology will be rolling out across England and Wales.
But while doctors are now testing for the disorder in hospitals, there are still many unanswered questions about the impact it may have on patients.
Here are some of the most common concerns.
Can a doctor check a patient’s blood if they’re not at a hospital?
The NHS is looking at ways to help, such as a “biospecimen” card.
This allows doctors to request samples from patients at a particular hospital.
A person could request their blood taken at a private clinic or the NHS.
But doctors cannot be seen on a biospecimen card, and it is not possible to test for it.
How can the machines detect clotting disorders?
Some experts have argued that machines can not detect clots.
They have said they could only detect the clotting protein (CTP), a protein that forms in the clot.
A machine that detects CTP would also have to check whether the patient is in the UK, a problem some have said could only be overcome by bringing the machines to the UK.
The machines would also need to be able to recognise clotting factors from blood tests and blood work.
They also have the capability to identify the type of clot, which is usually found in the leg or chest.
How will it help me?
The machines will be used in about 500,000 NHS trusts across England.
The NHS says that it is still working to establish a test’s accuracy.
Some experts are sceptical that machines could ever be fully reliable.
However, they said it would not be an issue, because tests for blood clots could be sent to other hospitals and tests would be able find the clot itself.
What if I’m not at home?
In some parts of England, the machines will only be used to test if a patient is at home.
But others could be used at home, such a nursing home or in a nursing facility.
Some people have been known to request their samples tested.
Some NHS trusts have been criticised for not allowing patients to take their samples home.
Some have said this is not an issue because machines are only needed if a doctor is at the premises.
However some trusts have said that if a sample has not been sent to a laboratory, then a person cannot be sent home.
Is it a good idea for the NHS to test?
The health secretary has said that the technology is a key part of the new NHS.
“I think it is very important for the UK to be in the forefront of technology in this way and the NHS has been leading the way in this area for a number of years,” he said.
But critics have warned that if the machines do not help the UK better fight the disease, they could also be used by unscrupulous people to cheat people out of the money they deserve.
What can I do if I think I have a blood clot?
If you have a suspected clot, you can contact your GP or hospital, which will send a blood sample to a lab for testing.
But the machines are not going to test all the blood.
Some hospitals are also testing for different types of clotting, such if you have an iron deficiency.
It is not clear how these tests will be different to those already used by the NHS and some experts have suggested they could be less reliable.
Can you take the machines home?
Yes, but it will not be a safe experience.
It could be dangerous for people who do not want to carry out tests themselves.
“The machines are a key tool for helping to detect the need for treatment.
We have to ensure that patients are treated with dignity and compassion,” said the NHS chief medical officer (CMO).
What if you don’t have a GP?
It is still unclear whether the machines can be used for blood testing at home and you will need to call a GP if you do not have a doctor to test you.
The UK’s national blood bank, NHS England, said in a statement: “The tests will not allow for all the tests that are currently carried out in the NHS, and in practice, these tests may not be able detect clotting disorders in a large number of patients.”
The machines can also not be used if the patient cannot be at home or if they are in a care home.
However it is unclear whether this would apply to patients who do have a private practice.
Will it help people with dementia?
The UK has one of the highest rates of dementia in the world.
There are concerns that the machines may not detect dementia in people with the condition, which affects people from all ages.
However there are some signs that the devices