Liver and kidney tests are ways of measuring how these organs are functioning, most often carried out through blood and urine testing. These tests can help diagnose liver disease, jaundice, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, kidney infections and urinary tract infections.
Ensuring your liver and kidneys are in good health is vital, considering that they:
These tests are carried out on blood or urine samples.
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You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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For blood testing, a syringe with a fine needle is used to remove a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm. You will only feel a tiny pinprick as this is done.
It will then be sent to one of our laboratories to be tested. Urine samples are dealt with in the same way.
For liver tests, these will give an indication of how much your liver is inflamed and possibly either damaged or less able to work properly.
The test measures:
For your kidneys, these tests measure:
These tests are carried out by us after you have supplied blood or urine samples, so you will be able to go home straight after the appointment.
Giving a blood sample is almost painless and you will only feel a brief, small pinprick from the needle in your arm.
You will be able to return to your job immediately after the test.
Your doctor will discuss the results and whether or not you may need some future treatment. If anything out of the ordinary is found during your tests we offer integrated medical care and can create a treatment plan to help put you back on the road to good health.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
Spire Murrayfield is an approximate 20 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport or 10 minutes from Haymarket train station. Regular buses serve the area well. Spire Shawfair Park is located to the south east of the city centre close to the City Bypass and the Royal Infirmary at 10 Easter Shawfair, Edinburgh, EH22 1FE.
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