I went to my local surgery yesterday for blood tests for Thyroid function (Hypothyroidism) Liver function, and Inflammatory markers (for Polymyalgia Rheumatica). I did ask if I could have tests for FT3, Vit D, Folate, Ferratin, etc as recommended by others on this forum and I was met with an incredulous reaction by the Phlebotomisy. I was told that these could not be taken unless requested by the GP and almost no-one ever had these tests done unless, maybe, in the case of suspected Anaemia for the Vit D. I was made to feel as if I was asking for something to which I was not entitled and, when I expressed the opinion that I felt it was a good thing to try to manage my condition, I was told that the best approach was to put trust in the GPs. I will be going to my GP next week for the results. I will be questioning the policies of my particular surgery and the guidelines they use. Any advice would be welcome.
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