Health Check Glossary

Nurse Consultation

You will have plenty of time to discuss any concerns et cetera with the nurse.

Personal Medical Report

Includes an overall review of results, a personalised health action plan and advice on any relevant medical and lifestyle issues.

Medical History

Detailed review of medical history, also family, social, occupational history and lifestyle, also gynaecological history taken for women.

Lifestyle Assessment

Assessment of nutrition, exercise, alcohol, and general balance of life.

Stress Analysis

Overall review of stress related to lifestyle issues

Height and Weight Analysis

Calculates Body Mass Index and body fat percentage

Blood Pressure Measurements

Important for monitoring heart conditions

Urine Analysis

Includes tests for protein, blood, sugar, ketones, infections, pus cells, pH and nitrites.

Full Blood Analysis

A comprehensive analysis examining total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol and liver, kidney and thyroid function. Other tests include those for gout, diabetes, metabolic disorders, infection, anaemia and other chronic diseases.

Testicular Awareness

Self-awareness discussed and taught

Breast Awareness

Self-awareness discussed and taught

Breast Examination

Examination of breast to check for lumps or abnormalities

Health Promotion Literature

We have plenty of resources to offer for your health care programme

Rubella Screen

An immunity test for German measles

Immunisation History

History taken and advice given with any vaccination recommendations

Resting ECG

The resting ECG looks at the electrical activity of the heart at rest and can help find silent heart problems as well as those where symptoms are present.

Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

Uses the Frammingham Risk Assessment guidelines to estimate a 10 year risk for “hard” coronary heart disease outcomes (myocardial infarction and coronary death). These guidelines are designed to estimate risk in adults aged 20 and older who do not have heart disease or diabetes.

Bowel Cancer Test

This detects the presence of blood in the stool and is recommended for patients over the age of 45. The option of referral for a sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or virtua lcolonoscopy will be discussed and advised upon where appropriate.

Prostate Cancer Test

Screening for prostate cancer is by measurement of the PSA (prostate specific antigen) together with digital rectal examination. It is recommended for patients over 45 and those with a family history of prostate cancer.

Cervical Smear And Pelvic Examination

Thin Prep cytology uses the latest technique for sampling cervical cells being more effective than the conventional PAP Smear for the detection of abnormal cells and the reduction of inadequate specimens.

If clinically indicated, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) gonorrhoea and Chlamydia (one of the causes of infertility) can be tested for at extra.

Ovarian Cancer Tests

The CA125 tumour marker and high resolution colour Doppler scanning are both used to help detect ovarian cancer (organized at Spire or Nuffield Hospitals in Leicester).

Thyroid Function Blood Tests

Thyroid Disease can be silent in its early stages and is also a great mimicker of disease.

HIV Screen

A combined blood test which includes detection of antibodies the HIV 1 and 2 viruses and the HIV p24 antigen. The benefit of having a test for the p24 antigen is that it allows earlier detection of HIV infection from as soon as 4 weeks after contact, compared to 12 weeks when it is omitted. Other tests for sexually transmitted infections can be organized after discussion with the nurse.

Chlamydia Screen

A common and treatable form of sexually transmitted disease

Hpv (Human Papilloma Virus) Screen

Indicated in women with mild abnormalities detected at routine cervical screening or those with a previous history of abnormal cervical smears. HPV detection is a more sensitive marker for cervical disease then cervical smears alone.

Extra Blood Tests

There are a multitude of other tests which can be carried out and if you have any particular health worries the doctor will suggest further tests that may be appropriate.

Urethral Swab

Indicated when symptoms or signs of urethral infection are present to identify infections such as Candida (commonly known as thrush), bacterial infections, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus, commonly known as wart virus), Gonorrhoea.

24 Hour BP Analysis

Wrist monitor given for 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure analysis. Results electronically received and analysed at the surgery.

X-rays, Ultrasound And Other Imaging

State of the art imaging such as EBT scans, referrals for CT & MRI imaging.


Regular mammography screening has been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality by up to 30-50%. These can be carried out annually over the age of 40 years. Under 40 years they can only usually be done if you have a family history of cancer. Please discuss this with the doctor.

HVS (High Vaginal Swab)

Indicated when symptoms or signs of vaginal infection are present to identify infections such as Candida (commonly known as thrush), bacterial infections and Gonorrhoea.

HPV Vaccination (Human Papillomavirus)

Will reduce your risk of contracting this virus via sexual intercourse. We can offer this vaccination to you here. Please ask our staff about it when you book or during your consultation

Nutritional Blood Tests

Can detect vitamin, mineral and other micronutrient deficiencies.


Private prescriptions can be given for any medication required. Some medicines are available directly from the practice.

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