Blood Tests

It’s not always easy to get an appointment with a GP for routine blood tests which is why we now offer blood screening at Health Food and More. Our Medical Herbalists will often recommend blood tests following a consultation and being able to offer a service in house is convenient for our clients, especially if trying to fit appointments around a busy life. These tests are not intended to substitute treatment from your GP, but offer you the potential to make informed decisions about your health. Should you wish to find out more please ask a member of staff for further information.  Should you be looking for a test that we haven’t listed please ask as this may be available from us as we have access to the majority of tests from Medichecks.  We charge their full rrp plus a £17.50 phlebotomy fee.  We also offer a blood draw service for your own private blood tests that you have ordered independently, this costs £25.

Entry Level Blood Test

This test measures important health markers that may be helpful in detecting health problems before symptoms arise.  It includes tests for liver and kidney function, diabetes, total cholesterol screening, calcium levels, uric acid levels for gout and iron status.  Finger prick blood test.  Results are usually available within 5 –7 days.

Bone Screening Test

This test consists of a blood test and urine test to help determine whether bone turnover is within normal margins.  It will not diagnose osteoporosis, but is a useful screening tool to indicate increased risk of bone fracture and can also be used to monitor treatments for bone health.  Finger prick blood test and urine test.  Results are usually available within 5 -7 days.

Coeliac Screening Test

This is the primary test for coeliac test used by GPs as the first step in diagnosis.  It is important to sustain gluten in the diet for 6 weeks prior to testing to establish clear levels of this antibody.   Results are usually available within 7 -10 days.

Cortisol Salivary Test

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands.  Its levels naturally fluctuate during the day and tend to increase during times of increased stress.  This test can be used to help identify Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease and in addition is used by some practitioners to diagnose adrenal fatigue and monitor prescribed treatments for this.  This test is carried out with either 4 saliva samples or 6 saliva samples taken at key times during the day.

Diabetes Screen HBa1C

HBa1C Testing is used to assess blood sugar levels over a period of three to four months and to give an average reading over that time frame.  Useful in monitoring type II diabetes or for people who wish to monitor blood sugar as part of a healthy living strategy.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 5-7 days.  HBa1C is tested in our Entry Level Blood Test.

Ferritin Levels Test

Ferritin is a protein found inside the cells.  This blood test is used in assessing iron levels in the blood and to help diagnose anaemia or iron overload.  Finger prick blood sample.  Results within 5-7 days.  Iron status can also be measured in our Entry Level Blood Test.

Full Blood Count

Doing a full blood count informs us about the type, number and appearance of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells (vital for carrying oxygen), white blood cells (immune system) and clotting cells (controlling bleeding).  Helpful in ruling out anaemia and infection in someone with fatigue.  Finger prick test.  Results within 5-7 days.

Helicobacter Stool Test

Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria which is a common cause of peptic ulcers.  It is a useful test for anyone suffering gastric symptoms to rule our infection or to check that treatment for Helicobacter has been successful in eradicating infection.  If you are taking a proton-pump inhibitor such as ompeprazol this needs to be stopped for two weeks prior to testing.  Results within 5-7 days.

Inflammatory Markers

C-Reactive Protein or CRP, is a protein produced in the liver that increases during episodes of inflammation or infection.   CRP testing can be used to check for inflammation in the body and to assess if anti-inflammatory treatments are working.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 5-7 days.

Lipid Profile

Comprehensive cholesterol check measuring triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol and the ratio of the two.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 5-7 days.  Lipid profile testing is included in our Entry Level Blood Test.

Lyme Disease Elisa Test

This test is the first step in helping to confirm a diagnosis of Lyme Disease, especially if there is a history of a tick bite.  Elisa testing can produce false positive results in individuals with autoimmune conditions or glandular fever and on its own cannot be taken as confirmation of diagnosis. It’s important to have a clear history of tick bite exposure to fully benefit from this testing.  A positive Elisa test is needed before further investigation with Immunoblot testing can be undertaken.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 7-10 days.

Magnesium Red Cell Test

Usually magnesium levels are tested in the serum, not within the cells of the body.  Magnesium Red Cell testing is more specific at determining magnesium deficiency as serum levels are usually maintained at the expense of cellular levels.  An important mineral to correct in condition such as CFS.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 10-14 days.

PSA Test (prostrate specific antigen)

PSA levels can be elevated in cases or prostrate cancer and PSA testing is a useful screening test for men over 40 years of age.  PSA is a protein made by the prostrate which naturally leaks into the blood stream and can be elevated if there is inflammation or enlargement in the prostrate.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 5-7 days.

Stool Testing for Parasites and Stool Culture

This stool test checks for ova, cysts and parasites within the sample and stool culture can be used to check for pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella or giardia.  A test for anyone who has gastric symptoms and suspects parastic exposure or consumption of contaminated water and food.  Results within 7-10 days.

Thyroid Screen

This thyroid screen checks TSH, TT4, FT4, FT3 and thyroid antibodies.    A more detailed test than you would have with your GP giving an in depth look at thyroid function.  Elevated thyroid antibodies are an indicator that regular monitoring needs to be undertaken to keep an eye on thyroid status.   Finger prick blood test.  Results in 5-7 days.

Thyroid Monitoring with rT3

This thyroid screen checks TSH, FT4, FT3, rT3 and RT3 ratio.  Reverse T3 can block the uptake of T3 and it is thought to cause symptoms of hypothyroidism despite other thyroid levels appearing normal.  Reverse T3 can occur when the body is under stress through illness, calorie restriction or even excessive exercise.  A useful test for anyone looking for detailed thyroid assessment who appears normal on TSH and T4 testing, but who feels their thyroid is underactive.  Finger prick blood test.

Other thyroid screening options are available.  Please speak to us if you wish to look at other testing options.

Vitamin B12 (active)

Around 70% of the vitamin B12 in our blood is inactive.  This test measures the levels of biologically active component of B12 and is through to be the best early indicator of B12 deficiency.  This test is useful if you have restricted dietary intake of B12 or also if you may have lowered absorption.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 5-7 days.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is very common, especially so in the winter months and if you live in the northern hemisphere.  Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many chronic health problems and scientific research has highlighted how important vitamin D is to our immune health and our bone health.  Finger prick blood test.  Results within 5-7 days.