Blood Tests

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 offer a number of blood test packages that also include a consultation with a physician (either face to face or via video) to explain your results. These packages can be requested by GPs, Consultants or self-referrals from patients.

We also offer a blood taking (venesection) service where one of our team can draw you blood sample for you. Simply bring your third party test kit along with you. Please call the clinic or book online below.

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.

We will make recommendations on any suggested further action required and we are able to facilitate any onward referral resulting from this consultation into the NHS or privately. We can also initiate any treatment that may be indicated by the results, such as treatment for raised cholesterol. We will inform your GP if we start new medication.

We would encourage you to share all results with your GP.

What do blood tests look for?

Full Blood Count (FBC)

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

Full Blood Count (FBC)

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

Liver Function Tests (LFTs)

Sodium: an important electrolyte in the body

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.

Lipid Profile

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.

Vitamins & Hormones

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.

Gout Risk

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.