Dr Nicolas Icons-13

Forms for Blood Tests

Diabetic / Non - Diabetic

These are the pathology forms for download allowing you to visit a laboratory, a minimum of 3 days before your appointment, to get blood taken.
These are routine blood tests that help us to see what is going on in your body and are vital for complete assessment.

Other Tests of Interest

These are test that are interesting and even important to do that are not part of routine testing.
Read about the test below and add them to your blood form after download if you would like to have them done.

Testosterone:

As men age, their serum concentrations of testosterone and, to a greater extent, free testosterone, decrease.
This decline is sometimes referred to as “andropause” or “lateonset hypogonadism” Treatment is controversial, but there are some men who symptomatically feel better when their low levels are replaced. Women can also have testosterone deficiency in the post menopausal period.

Ferritin:

This test gives us an idea of a person’s iron stores, and may reflect deficiency before a change in the blood count is seen. Iron deficiency has been associated with fatique and tiredness, as well as hair loss in men. It also can indicate if a person has an excess of iron in their body.

Vitamin B12 and Folate:

These B vitamins are essential for normal function. They can be deficient for a variety of reasons, and when low can lead to many symptoms including fatique, tiredness, depression. Vegetarians are particularly susceptible to B12 deficiency.

Vitamin D:

(An expensive test to get), is only obtained from the sunlight on the skin, or supplements. It is very topical in the news at the moment. Deficiency has been associated with muscle aches and pains, fracture risk, weight gain, susceptibility to viral infections, increased cancer risk, and dementia, to name only a few. This is one vitamin that we recommend replacement if deficient.

Chronic Medications

If you would like to have your medication authorised by your medical aid as chronic then please contact Charmaine at charmaine@drns.co.za. Depending on your medical aid, you will be required to fill in a chronic medication application that you can get from your medical aid.  We will then submit it on your behalf or call your medical aid to arrange your chronic medications.