Blood Testing

Blood Testing – A Phlebotomy Service

Dr Hopwood began his training as a Phlebotomist by spending years as a medical student taking bloods on the hospital wards in the days when the NHS didn’t have Phlebotomy nurses and they only had medical students – who always took all of the bloods needed each day. Since then Dr Hopwood has completed two Phlebotomist certificates, one in theory and one in the practice of Phlebotomy, with the only course in the UK that has NHS approval and that is used by the NHS to train NHS Phlebotomists

Having a broad spectrum of blood analysis provides the opportunity not only to see if important physiological markers are in or outside of the normal ranges but also an opportunity to see whereabouts in the range you are. NHS doctors are not encouraged to treat people if they are within range as they are labelled “Normal” but ranges can be large and making sure you are up the top of a range could be x10 the level of being at the bottom. (eg NHS range for B12 is 180 – 2000)

Dr Kent Holtorf MD Consultant Endocrinologist answers the question – What is a normal range? When Doctors say you’re normal what does that mean? – He says …“The lab will take 95% of the test results received and say those are normal. It is only the highest and lowest 2.5% of a value that is considered abnormal. So if you are the lowest 5% or 10 % you are still considered to be normal. But this doesn’t mean you are optimal. It’s like saying you got a D minus – OK great! But it doesn’t work like that. More optimal levels mean you are going to feel better. As well as doing the right tests, looking at the right parameters to diagnose and offering the right treatment, one vital key is that you want to be optimal in the range, not just normal.

Here at Arcturus, we can offer a comprehensive blood test analysis packages that look at some of the major blood tests commonly tested by GP’s, including a few extras that are not normally available on the NHS unless you pay privately. The results return with a stated normal range and the bloods are reviewed by a medical doctor at the THRIVA blood test laboratory who will flag up any serious or concerning results and communicate directly by email or phone with Dr Hopwood at the clinic who will then contact you if there is a major abnormality with your blood results.

Normally though the results are seen and discussed at the clinic with Dr Hopwood and time is given to consider the position of each result in its range and whether this is high or low and what may be optimal for you and what may support you, in being as well as you can.

Natural non-prescription vitamins, minerals, herbs and nutritional supplements may be offered to respond to information found by the blood testing. Dietary, lifestyle and Acupuncture treatments may also be offered as an integrated treatment approach designed to improve and optimise your health, well-being and quality of life.

The standard complete Arcturus blood test package costs 88.50 GBP which is payable directly to THRIVA blood test Company. Male and female hormone profiles are also available for a similar price. A blood draw alone costs 20 GBP. A blood draw within a client consultation is included within the price of the consultation and incurs no extra cost. Results will be emailed to you within 5-7 days.

Dr Hopwood does not hold a licence to practice medicine with the GMC and all advice must be understood to be limited & qualified and not to be seen as absolute.

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The Arcturus Clinic
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