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Health screening is a non-invasive low-impact strategy to help detect and prevent the onset of diseases and conditions before they become a larger issue. As we grow older our lifestyles change and adapt: whether through work, family or retirement, our minds and our bodies endure a lot of stress from external factors. Regular health screening can help us build a clearer picture of our current state of health.

Privé Health offers three Health Screening options, from our Starter Health Screen to our more comprehensive Premier Health Screen. Our Wellman, Wellwoman and Premier Health Screens include a pre-health screen questionnaire which looks at your family medical history, lifestyle and other factors. The GP will use this information to provide a comprehensive analysis of your health and to produce a full report with recommendations.

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Booking a Seniors Health Screen:

Seniors Health Screens cannot be booked online but you can request a preferred date and time. Please complete the online form below and a member of our team will give you a call back to confirm.

What’s included in each Health Screen?
  • GP Consultation
  • Full System Examination
  • DipStick (Urine Analysis)
  • Full Blood Count (FBC)
  • Urea & Electrolytes
  • Liver Function Test
  • Uric Acid
  • Glucose
  • Cholesterol & Triglycerides
  • Iron and Ferritin
  • Thyroid Function Test
  • Prostate Profile
  • Vitamin D

STARTER

£159 /
  • 30 minutes
  • Iron only

SENIORS

£550 /
  • 60 minutes
  • Men only
  • Women only
Health Screening tests explained

Health Screening can be a daunting subject to approach with lots of confusing medical language. Allow us to break each element down for you and explain what it tests for and how this relates to you and the functions of your body.

Full Blood Count (FBC)

What is it?

This test includes a range of blood cell related markers, such as the red (erythrocytes) and white (leucocytes) blood cells, the platelets and an inflammatory marker (ESR).

What can be wrong?

We might detect anaemia (reduced red blood cells) or signs of infection and inflammation in those tests. Around 5% of people show results which are outside the usual range, but this might be due to reasons other than illness, such as smoking.

Good to know

If a result is abnormal, your GP might recommend further tests after an assessment of the potential causes.

Urea & Electrolytes

What is it?

This stands for “Urea and electrolytes”, and describes a range of tests which mirror the function of the kidneys. These organs have a number of jobs to do, such as filtering the blood and producing urine, balancing the salt levels in the blood, and even regulating the blood pressure.

What can be wrong?

Several conditions can impact on the kidney function, e.g. diabetes and some inherited conditions. Most people can live well with a slightly reduced activity of the kidneys, but it is important to monitor this and treat any causes or associated conditions.

Good to know

A strenuous work out can dehydrate enough to impact on the results, so best to go well rested and hydrated.

Liver Function Test

What is it?

“Liver function tests” are several tests which give information about the activity of the liver. The liver is the big “detox” organ in the body, but it also has several other jobs, among them:

Producing proteins and other substances which are essential for our immune defences and blood clotting, being involved in fat and sugar level regulation, and storing substances such as vitamins.

What can be wrong?

The LFT blood tests can reveal early damage to the liver, often related to dietary habits or alcohol use, so this is an opportunity to improve lifestyle or deal with any other underlying problems. Other causes such as infections might require treatment to avoid long term complications.

Good to know

The doctor might suggest further tests, maybe for liver infections (hepatitis) or scans to look at the liver structure.

Uric Acid

What is it?

Uric acid usually is a product from the digestion of certain foods, but can also occur in other conditions.

What can be wrong?

Everyone has a certain level of this substance in the blood, but if there is too much, it might leak into joints as sharp, needle like structures. Those irritate the joint lining and the ensuing inflammation is called gout. However, elevated uric acid will not always cause gout, and some people with gout have normal uric acid levels!

Good to know

Doctors will give life style advice to decrease the levels, and might suggest further tests.

Gout can affect all ages, and when the attack hits, patients are unlikely to be able to come to work for a number of days.

Glucose

What is it?

Glucose is our main energy source, and essential for our body.

What can be wrong?

High levels of this sugar type in the blood might be due to diabetes. Diabetes has several long term complications, and should ideally be prevented.

Good to know

Any elevated glucose blood levels will need further tests to clarify whether the patient has diabetes or is at risk.

Cholesterol & Triglycerides

What is it?

These include a number of tests which look at certain fatty substances in the blood, such as triglyceride and cholesterol. Cholesterol is essential for humans, as it is part of our cell walls and necessary for the production of number of hormones. Triglycerides are stored as an energy source when we are fasting. Both are important, but too much of them will cause harm. While not inside cells, these substances are carried in the blood stream in small protein carriers called lipoproteins.

What can be wrong?

Detection of high lipid levels and a disadvantageous balance between the carrier proteins (lipoproteins LDL and HDL) usually results in life style advice, but further tests might be recommended as well. Not improving these levels might lead to dangerous narrowing of the oxygen carrying blood vessels in the body (arteries), resulting in cardiovascular disease.

Good to know

The doctor will look at the overall amounts of those fats and the balance (ratio) between them to make a recommendation.

Iron and Ferritin

What is it?

Iron is an important part of our body’s functions, among them helping to carry oxygen around in the red blood cells. Ferritin is the stored iron ready to be used when needed.

What can be wrong?

Doctors look for too low levels (iron deficiency), which can lead to anaemia, but also too high levels. Too much iron can be due to a genetic condition called haemochromatosis, which requires monitoring and treatment to avoid too much iron in the organs.

Good to know

It is important to find out whether a lack of iron is due to not getting enough (diet, bowel problems etc) or losing iron (e.g. regular heavy periods, bleeding stomach ulcer).

Thyroid Function Test

What is it?

This stands for thyroid function tests. The thyroid is a small gland in the front of the neck, and produces a number of hormones. They impact most of the body by stimulating or reducing the activity of different cells.

What can be wrong?

If the thyroid works too much (overactive), patients typically feel nervous and irritable, sweaty and hot, they lose hair and might experience heart racing, unintentional weight loss and diarrhoea.

If the thyroid works too sluggish (underactive), patients usually complain of feeling tired, cold and depressed, suffer from constipation, weight gain and dry skin.

However, signs and symptoms of thyroid disease might be minimal or deceiving, and blood tests can detect thyroid problems before symptoms are obvious.

Good to know

A lot of people feel tired and can’t shift their weight – but it is not always the thyroid’s fault! Should someone experience such symptoms despite normal blood test, they need to speak to a doctor to exclude other causes.

Prostate Profile (Men only)

What is it?

The PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) is a substance which is made in the prostate and released into the blood, where it can be measured.

What can be wrong?

A number of conditions can increase the level: infections, age related enlargement of the prostate gland (also called benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH) and at times prostate cancer.

Good to know

There is a lot of research ongoing whether it is a good idea to undertake prostate cancer screening with PSA testing in everybody, as prostate cancer is not always an aggressive cancer requiring treatment, and both investigation and treatment of the cancer can cause potential harm. If patients have any questions, they can speak to the doctor, who will advise of the pros and cons of testing. Patients can always choose not to have the test, but a lot of men prefer to keep an eye on their PSA levels over time.

Vitamin D (Women only)

What is it?

Vitamin D is mostly produced by our own bodies. This process happens under the skin when exposed to sufficient light levels (In the UK, the sun is only strong enough to achieve this between around March to September.). In addition, a number of foods contain the vitamin.

What can be wrong?

Certain people are at a higher risk of not having sufficient levels, for example due to reduced exposure to sun, darker skin or dietary habits, and might suffer from too low levels. Vitamin D is particularly important for bone health, and a lack of it causes vague aches and pains, muscle weakness and weakened bones.

Good to know

The doctor will advise how much Vitamin D to take if the levels are low, and when to retest.

Urine Analysis

What is it?

A DipStick tests for glucose, protein and blood in the urine. This will show some of the above mentioned factors but also may indicate the growth of bacteria.

What can be wrong?

Higher than normal levels of glucose flag up and might be an indicator of diabetes. Certain conditions make the kidneys “leaky” and protein is found in the urine. Otherwise invisible blood in the urine (microscopic haematuria) can be due to infections, kidney stones and more sinister causes such as bladder cancer. Women can be particularly prone to infections of the urinary tract, and symptoms are not always typical.

Good to know

Further tests and antibiotics may be required.

Full System Examination Explained

Included in our Wellman, Wellwoman and Premier Health Screens is a longer GP consultation, which means your GP can also perform a thorough physical examination of the various systems of the human body. Here’s what you can expect:

Height and Weight

What is it?

This will help to assess the BMI (Body Mass Index), an indicator whether someone weighs too much.

What can be wrong?

A survey in 2014 showed that 61.7% of adults in England were overweight or obese. It is a common risk factor for several illnesses.

Blood Pressure

What is it?

Blood pressure is an important factor in the health of our heart, blood vessels, kidneys and more.

What can be wrong?

Particularly high blood pressure is of concern as it increases the risk of stroke and other problems. Factors that can make it worse are being overweight, inactivity, genetic factors and stress.

Good to know

How a patient sits, and whether they talk or cross their legs can all influence the measurement.

Cardiovascular System

What is it?

Cardiovascular system examination, this will include the doctor listening to the heart.

What can be wrong?

Abnormal findings might be an irregular heart beat or unexpected heart sounds (murmur). Those might be a sign of a problem with the heart, and an early diagnosis is likely to improve long term health.

Good to know

Heart disease cannot be heard in itself.

Respiratory System

What is it?

Respiratory examination: The doctor will listen to the lungs.

What can be wrong?

Both sides of the lung should show nice air flow with no unusual signs, and the doctor will also look at other features of lung disease.

Good to know

Lung diseases such as asthma are still dangerous. In 2014 over a thousand people died from asthma in the UK.

Gastrointestinal System

What is it?

Gastrointestinal examination: Examining the abdomen, the doctor looks for swollen organs such as the liver, or painful areas.

Indirect symptoms such as jaundice are also checked for.

What can be wrong?

Swollen livers might be due to too much fat in the cells, and this needs to be reviewed. Areas of pain or possible lumps might require further investigations.

Good to know

The doctor might recommend a scan, or lifestyle changes.

Nervous System

What is it?

Nervous system examination: From the brain itself to the nerves all the way into our limbs, nerves connect the body. Reflex testing, aspects such as sensation to touch and strength will be checked for this.

What can be wrong?

Significant differences in strength or reflex response between both sides can possibly show an underlying problem.

Good to know

Significant findings might require specialist review.

Musculoskeletal System

What is it?

Musculoskeletal examination: Bones, joints, muscles – and everything around it! The doctor will focus on some major aspects such as obvious spinal and postural abnormalities as well as focus on any areas the patient might have flagged up as a concern.

What can be wrong?

Especially postural issues are common, and should be addressed to avoid them from becoming a painful condition.

Good to know

Back pain, a musculoskeletal issue, is the most common cause of days off sick in the UK. Advice and early intervention to avoid problems might help reduce sickness absence.

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