Why do I need a blood tests for?
A full blood count (FBC) or complete blood count (CBC) is a common blood test to check a person's general health or to screen for conditions such as anaemia, infection, and even cancer of the blood. In a laboratory the number of red cells, white cells and platelets in the blood are assessed. Blood cholesterol levels can also be measured with a simple blood test. You may be asked not to eat for 12 hours before the test (which usually includes when you're asleep) to ensure that all food is completely digested and won't affect the result, although this isn't always necessary. Another common blood test is the basic metabolic panel to check your heart, kidney, and liver function by looking at your blood glucose, calcium, and electrolyte levels. To check for heart disease risk, you may have a lipoprotein panel that measures levels of fats in your blood, like good cholesterol (HDL), bad cholesterol (LDL), and triglycerides.
What does the blood tests result show?
At The Medical, we are able to offer a large range of blood tests and provide you with detailed results. For most blood tests you will receive the results within a few days.
If you require blood tests, your GP will explain to you what tests they would suggest and why. They will also advise you on the cost of this before going ahead.
- Evaluate how well organs—such as the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart—are working
- Diagnose diseases and conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia (uh-NEE-me-eh), and coronary heart disease
- Find out whether you have risk factors for heart disease
- Check whether medicines you're taking are working
- Assess how well your blood is clotting