About the Thyroid Function Screen
Thyroid disorders are common and can easily go undetected. Symptoms of a problem with the thyroid function include weight gain, tiredness, low mood and depression, and are often overlooked by patients suffering from disorders.
The Thyroid Screen measures the levels of three hormones Triiodothyronine (T3), Thyroxine (T4) and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), this will support a diagnosis and control of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroidism, underactive thyroid is the most common thyroid disorder and can be managed with life style and medication
What can I expect to happen? When you attend your appointment the nurse will ask you some basic medical questions to ensure you are well enough for the blood test. Your screen will consist of a blood sample, usually from your arm.
When you attend your appointment the nurse will ask you some basic medical questions to ensure you are well enough for the blood test. Your screen will consist of a blood sample, usually from your arm.
Do I need to prepare?
There is no need to fast (go without food or drinks) for this test.
We do suggest keeping your arm warm, as being cold can sometimes make it harder to draw your blood, and stay well hydrated.
If blood tests make you anxious, let your nurse know at the start of your appointment. They will do their best to make the experience as stress-free as possible.
What you’ll be tested for
Free thyroxine (FT4)
Free tri-iodothyonine (FT3)
For a more detailed thyroid analysis have a look at our Thyroid Plus Screen which also tests for Anti-TPO Antibody Status and Levels, used to detect autoimmune thyroid diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Grave’s disease.
How do I get my results?
Your results will usually be ready in 2-3 days. Melio Health are our labs and diagnostics partner, in your appointment the nurse will register you with them in order for your sample to be tracked, and for the doctors to be able to analyse your results.
Your results will be available from this portal, and you will receive an SMS notifying you when they are available.
We recommend that that the thyroid function is monitored if there are ongoing symptoms, and you can use this portal to track your levels over time.