Blood testing with fast results
Blood testing can be used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of different conditions and other health problems. Much of the time, a doctor will refer you for a blood test in order to get a better idea of what is going on inside of your body.
That’s because your blood contains a lot of information and can give us many clues about the state of your overall health. A blood test could explain why you are feeling a certain way as well as point to problems that may be occurring that you might not even be aware of just yet.
Blood tests take just a few minutes to complete here at our clinic with some test results coming back within just days.
Why might I need a blood test?
If you’ve been told you should have a blood test, this could be for a number of different reasons. Most commonly, blood testing is used to diagnose an infection, for genetic condition screening, or to check on your organs.
Common blood tests we carry out here at our clinic for our patients include:
- Blood cholesterol testing – Blood cholesterol tests are a vital form of blood testing which assesses how high a person’s cholesterol (a fatty substance which can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes) levels are.
- Blood cultures – For these tests, a sample of your blood is taken and mixed with different nutrients in order to encourage the growth of bacteria. This shows whether certain types of bacteria are present in your blood.
- Blood glucose test – This type of blood testing is used to check the level of sugars you have in your blood. This is necessary for both diagnosing and monitoring patients with diabetes.
- Blood typing – You may also require blood testing to find out what your blood group is, possibly before donating blood or having a transfusion. This is also a common test for pregnant woman as complications can arise if the baby has a different blood type (rhesus disease).
- Cancer blood tests – Blood testing can be used to help diagnose certain cancers. It can even show whether you may be at an increased risk of developing a particular type of cancer due to the presence of certain genes, antigens and proteins.