* There are many reasons why you may choose to have a private blood test. At the Surrey Park Clinic we are here to help and offer a same day appointment service, (subject to available appointments) and fast turnaround of results (where possible). We are able to fulfill all available blood tests which may not necessarily be listed here so please speak to our team on 01483 454 016.
Many people require reassurance blood tests in confidence which include standard tests such as:
We also offer other tests often requested which are not always easily available on the NHS such as trace elements (selenium, chromium, zinc, arsenic, lead and vitamin levels).
Other people desire checks for infectious diseases or possible sexually transmitted tests away from their usual surgery and without a consultation. Our staff will advise you and you may discuss any issues with the clinic nurse who takes your blood. These are most frequently requested in individuals with non-specific symptoms such as malaise or ME or couples with infertility or recurrent miscarriage.
Specific tests available include:
Group B strep (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies in the UK.
Babies are often exposed to GBS shortly before or during birth. Complications arising from neonatal GBS infection are serious and include septicaemia, pneumonia, meningitis, visual and auditory problems. Approximately one in every 20 babies infected may die.
Most GBS infections can be prevented by giving intravenous antibiotics at the beginning of labour.
GBS is a common bacterium carried in the intestine. Approximately 30% of the population are colonised but it does not cause harm or require treatment. Approximately 25% of women of child bearing age carry GBS in the vaginal-rectal area.
More information and support can be found at: gbss.org.uk
The glucose tolerance test is a test in which glucose is given and blood samples taken afterward to determine how quickly it is cleared from the blood.
The test is usually used to test for diabetes, insulin resistance, impaired beta cell function, and sometimes reactive hypoglycemia and acromegaly, or rarer disorders of carbohydrate metabolism. In the most commonly performed version of the test, an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), a standard dose of glucose is ingested by mouth and blood levels are checked two hours later.
The Surrey Park Clinic offers a unique hormone profile to evaluate overall balance of the female hormones.
The test measures the following levels:
PSA is an enzyme found in the blood produced exclusively by prostate cells. Small amounts, levels between 0-2.5 ng/ml, of PSA in blood are normal. Higher than normal levels can be caused by cancer or benign, non-cancerous conditions such as enlarged prostate, prostate inflammation, infection, or trauma. All elevated readings of PSA should be checked.
Cholesterols is a waxy, fatlike substance that is naturally present in the cell membranes of the body. The body uses cholesterol to produce many hormones including vitamin Dand the bile acids that help to digest fat. The body requires only small amounts of cholesterol to function normally, and excess amounts may be deposited in artery walls throughout the body.
Cardiovascular disease means disease of the heart, such as a heart attack, or of the arteries, such as strokes. These conditions are partly due to laying down of excess cholesterol in the artery walls (known as atherosclerosis, or “furring up of the arteries”). The balance of different cholesterol fractions measured as part of the lipid profile (e.g. “bad” non-HDL-C vs “good” HDL-C) can influence how fast and extensive this process is. Therefore, the commonest reason to measure a person’s lipid profile is to help estimate their risk of developing cardiovascular disease in the future. This then helps with decisions about lifestyle changes and medical treatments to reduce future risk.
A homocysteine blood test is done to:
CA125 is known as a tumour marker for ovarian cancer. A tumour marker is a chemical given off by cancer cells that circulates in the bloodstream. Women with ovarian cancer tend to have higher levels of CA125 in their blood than women who do not have ovarian cancer.
This test is usually in conjunction with a transvaginal ultrasound.
CA15-3 (Cancer Antigen 15-3) is a tumour marker used to monitor certain cancers, especially breast cancer. It is found on the surface of many types of cancer cells and shed into the blood stream.
FBC, is a very common test. Doctors use this to check a person’s general health as well as screening for specific conditions, such as anaemia. The number of red cells, white cells and platelets in the blood are checked.
Iron studies are often ordered in the setting of suspected cases of iron deficiency or iron overload. Assessment of iron stores is helpful in the patient who presents with non specific symptoms of lethargy.
Liver function tests are groups of blood tests that give information about the state of a patient’s liver.
Your kidneys play several vital roles in maintaining your health. One of their most important jobs is to filter waste materials from the blood and expel them from the body as urine. The kidneys also help control the levels of water and various essential minerals in the body. In addition, they’re critical to the production of:
The usual blood tests done for thyroid function are TSH, T4 and sometimes T3.
Your doctor requests this test if you show symptoms of a thyroid disorder.
Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism include: heat intolerance, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, insomnia, and breathlessness.
Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism include fatigue, weakness, weight gain, slow heart rate, and cold intolerance.
If you’re worried that you might have been exposed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) the virus that causes AIDS – it’s important to get tested as soon as possible. Although the prospect of being diagnosed with the disease can be scary, today you can live a long and full life with HIV, especially if you start treatment early. Knowing you are infected can also help you take precautions so that you don’t pass the virus to other people.
If you require a blood test which is not listed above, please contact us as this may be available.