At Curragh Grange Family Practice, a variety of blood tests may be ordered depending on the patient’s symptoms, medical history, and the GP’s assessment. Some common blood tests conducted in our general practice include:

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC): This test measures various components of the blood, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It helps diagnose conditions such as anemia, infections, and blood disorders.
  2. Blood Glucose Test: This test measures the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood and is used to screen for and monitor diabetes.
  3. Liver Function Tests (LFTs): These tests assess the functioning of the liver by measuring levels of enzymes and proteins in the blood. They help diagnose liver diseases such as hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and fatty liver disease.
  4. Kidney Function Tests: These tests measure levels of creatinine, urea, and other substances in the blood to assess kidney function. They help diagnose kidney diseases and monitor kidney function in patients with certain conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
  5. Lipid Profile: This test measures levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and helps assess the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  6. Thyroid Function Tests: These tests measure levels of thyroid hormones (TSH, T3, T4) in the blood and help diagnose thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  7. Vitamin D Test: This test measures levels of vitamin D in the blood and helps assess bone health and detect vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis.
  8. Coagulation Studies: These tests assess the blood’s ability to clot and help diagnose bleeding disorders and monitor patients on anticoagulant therapy.
  9. Inflammatory Markers: Tests such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) measure markers of inflammation in the blood and help diagnose inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases.

These are just a few examples of the blood tests commonly performed in Irish general practice. The specific tests ordered may vary depending on the patient’s individual health status and the GP’s clinical judgment.