The Importance of Regular Blood Testing

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The Importance of Regular Blood Testing for Your Health

Getting your blood tested on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways to monitor your overall health and detect potential issues early. Blood tests provide valuable insights that you and your doctor can use to make informed decisions about maintaining or improving your health. At our pharmacy, we provide quick and convenient access to the blood testing services you need to stay proactive about your wellbeing.

What Can Blood Testing Uncover?

A wide array of tests can be done on your blood to screen for potential issues and gain insights into your health:

Full blood count – This essential test measures levels of your blood cells. It checks red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, haemoglobin and haematocrit. Abnormal results can indicate anaemia, infections, clotting problems, bone marrow issues and more.

Urea and electrolytes – This test checks kidney function and liver function by measuring levels of urea, creatinine, sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes. It helps identify issues like kidney disease, severe dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances.

Lipid profile – Measures levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood to assess your risk for heart disease. Checks total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Liver function tests – Screens for liver damage or inflammation by testing levels of certain enzymes and proteins. Can identify issues like hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver infections and more.

Thyroid function – Checks levels of thyroid hormones TSH, T4 and T3 to detect potential hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Ensures your thyroid gland is functioning properly.

Glucose levels – Elevated glucose can signify diabetes. Fasting blood sugar tests check glucose levels after 8-12 hours without eating. HbA1c tests average glucose over a 3 month period.

Vitamin D – Tests levels of this essential vitamin obtained through sunlight, food and supplements. Low vitamin D is extremely common in the UK and can impact bone health.

And many more…

When to Get Tested

The NHS recommends healthy adults without chronic conditions get a standard blood test at least every 5 years. Those with pre-existing health issues often need more frequent testing such as every 3-6 months. Blood tests should also be done whenever new symptoms arise that could indicate an underlying problem.

Before your next NHS Health Check or annual review with your GP, consider getting the recommended blood tests done conveniently at our pharmacy. This allows you and your doctor to discuss the results and make any necessary health changes. Monitoring health markers regularly is key to early detection.

How Our Pharmacy Makes Blood Testing Simple

No more scheduling yet another medical appointment. Our pharmacy offers fast, convenient blood draws so you can get essential tests done all in one place. We partner with certified labs for accurate results you can trust.

Our friendly pharmacists will explain your results and recommend any additional screening needed. We make blood testing painless so you can stay proactively on top of your health.

Take charge and book your next blood tests with us. We’re your neighborhood health hub making wellness easy and accessible in London!