Blood tests are often used to aid in the diagnosis of a number of medical conditions.
These are relevant to all specialties and can be used to look for anaemia, kidney disease, liver disease, electrolyte abnormalities, lipid profiles, diabetes autoimmune pathology etc.
We accept referrals for blood tests from GPs, consultants and self-referrals from patients. If you have not seen a doctor but still wish to arrange to have a blood test, we can perform the tests listed.
We also offer a number of blood screening packages that combine a number of tests to assess the majority of metabolic abnormalities.
Blood tests take approximately 5 minutes. Results are available within a week (and usually much sooner depending on the tests requested) and a full report will be provided via secure email.
Preparation depends on which tests are being requested and further information will be provided by the team (and related costs) at the time of booking.
Please note, we do not provide an interpretation of your blood results, so we strongly recommend that you go through your results with your GP.
If one of the blood results requires urgent attention, on of The Berkshire Clinic doctors will make contact with you to discuss the result further.
Haemoglobin: a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body. If low this is a a marker of anaemia.
White cell count: the number of white blood cells that are key to your body's immune system.
Platelets: important in blood clotting
Sodium: an important electrolyte in the body
Potassium: an important electrolyte in the body
Urea: a waste product produced by the body when it breaks protein down in the liver
Creatinine: a chemical waste product that is generated from normal muscle breakdown
Bilirubin: a product of the breakdown of haemoglobin
Alanine transferase (ALT): an enzyme which is produced by the liver and can indicate liver damage if elevated
Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT): a liver enzyme which is raised in liver and bile duct diseases
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP): an enzyme found in the liver and bones.
Total cholesterol: The total level of all cholesterol in the body. Important in cellular function and hormone synthesis.
HDL: often commonly referred to as 'good cholesterol'
LDL: often commonly referred to as 'bad cholesterol'
Triglycerides: a fat that circulates around the body and is released to provide energy.
Vitamin D: Vital for bone maintenance in combination with calcium.
Vitamin B12: Important for production of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body.
Folate: Vital for the synthesis of the building blocks required for DNA and red cell formation.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): A marker of the thyroxine balance in your body. Thyroxine is responsible for a number of metabolic processes in the body including energy expenditure, cardiac function, muscle function and substrate turnover.
HbA1c: glycolated haemoglobin is a longer term measure of glucose levels in the blood and give a good indication of the average level of sugar in the blood over the last 3 months.
Uric Acid: A breakdown product of purines. If the levels are too high to excrete and beging to accumulate this can increase the risk of gout.
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