Guide for Patients
A blood test involves taking a small sample of blood (usually from a vein near the elbow) which is then sent to the hospital laboratory to be analysed to help diagnose an illness, monitor treatment or determine someone's blood group.
It will usually take 5 working days for your blood result to get back to your doctor.
If your test results are abnormal, your doctor will contact you.
If your tests are normal, you will not be contacted, but if you wish to find out the results of your test, please ring or call during any week day after 10.30am. If your doctor has asked you to return anyway, you should do this, as they may wish to tell you the results of your test in person.
Listed below are the most common blood tests:
FBC Full Blood Count
It is a good all round measure of health. This test can help doctor decide for example whether you have anaemia.
ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
This test screens for inflammation or infection and is also used to monitor whether various treatments you may be receiving are working.
INR International Normalised Ratio
This test assesses whether your blood is clotting normally and also measures the effect of Warfarin therapy, a drug used to thin the blood and keep it flowing smoothly.
B12 and Folate
Low levels of Vitamin B12 and folate are linked with a type of anaemia, memory loss and depression.
Is a protein which stores iron in the body and is important for red blood cell production. Low levels of Ferritin can lead to anaemia.
Elecs Urea and Electrolytes
It is frequently used to assess whether the kidneys are working properly or to monitor people who take a range of tablets such as blood pressure medication.
LFT Liver Function Test
It helps to decide whether someone has gallstones, problems with the liver, or whether there is any bone disease.
If the level of glucose in the blood is high, it can be a sign of diabetes.
TFT Thyroid Function Test
This test is used to look at the activity of the thyroid gland, which is responsible for setting the rate at which you produce energy.
This test can help to determine your risk of developing circulatory or heart problems.
CRP C-reactive Protein
This test indicates inflammation caused by illness
To diagnose gout and monitor the response to treatment.
Prot EP Protein Electrophoresis
This test measures different proteins in the blood which can help to diagnose and monitor a variety of health problems.
This test is for people who may have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
PSA prostate Specific Antigen
This test is a way of checking the activity of the prostate gland.
This test helps diagnose and monitor diseases of the pancreas, which helps with digestion and controls blood sugar levels.
If you have specific questions about any blood tests you are having, please ask your doctor or nurse.