Bloods

I heard your blood tests are unsafe. Is this true?

We are aware that misinformation continues to circulate in relation to our approach to blood testing. Our priority, first and foremost, is patient safety. As such, testing is something we take very seriously and it forms an integral part of the service we provide. At GenderGP we ask that blood tests are submitted regularly and that these are carried out by a dedicated pathology service. We have partners who can provide this service, GPs may be willing to support, or our service users are at l...

Is there a shortage of blood test vials?

We are aware that there is currently a shortage of blood test tube vials in the UK. We appreciate that in these challenging times, blood test results may be delayed. As soon as you are able to obtain your results, please submit them to us via our Help Centre (https://www.gendergp.com/existing-gendergp-patients/). Please be assured that you can still submit your prescription requests (https://www.gendergp.com/existing-gendergp-patients/) whenever you have four weeks' supply remaining. If your ...

I have a blood and/or needle phobia, do I have to do blood tests?

In regards to alternatives to blood testing, you may wish to use a DUTCH urine test instead. Please be aware however that DUTCH urine tests are considerably more expensive than blood tests. It may also be possible to use a saliva hormone test kit, but you should discuss this with your clinician as they can be very expensive. If these tests are not an option for you, we will still need to see your blood test results as it is how we monitor your wellbeing and progress while undergoing treatment....

Are blood tests necessary for treatment?

If you are young, fit, and healthy, we may not require blood tests from you prior to treatment. If you have been self-medicating, have certain pre-existing medical conditions, or you are over the age of 60, we will likely need to see blood test results in advance.

What blood tests do I need?

Starting treatment Blood tests are an important part of this treatment to make sure you are healthy and to keep you healthy for the future. They are essential if you are over 60, if you have any other medical problems or if you are on any medication. If you have had some blood tests within the last year, either at your doctor's or at a hospital, and have been told that they were within the accepted ranges, then we do not need to repeat them at this stage. If you are a young and healthy pe...

When should I have my blood test?

Tests need to be carried out at the appropriate time depending on your medication: - Sustanon: Midway between injections - Nebido: Before the following injection - Testosterone injections: 2nd week after your injection. - Testosterone or Oestrogen gel: 4 – 6 hours after the gel is applied. - Oestrogen tablets: At any time. - Oestrogen patches: The day after a patch change. - Blockers: At any time.

Will you contact me when I’m due for a blood test? Will you order the blood tests for me?

It is our patients’ responsibility to arrange their blood tests. More information about booking blood tests can be found here (https://www.gendergp.com/help-centre/blood-test-order/). We need to see blood test results every three to six months. You can upload the results here (http://https://www.gendergp.com/help-centre/blood-results/).

Can I get a blood test, and how do I get it done?

There are four ways to get your blood tests done: - Via your doctor - if your doctor will do the blood tests for you on the NHS or your public health service, you can provide us with a copy of the results. - Via a private service – if your doctor can’t do them for you then a local private hospital may be able to help. - Home Testing Kit (https://www.gendergp.com/home-blood-testing-guide/) – we can arrange for you to have a home testing kit sent to you. This can either be done using a fi...

Will I need regular blood tests?

Not everyone requires blood tests to start treatment - this will be agreed once we have reviewed your Appraisal Pathway Form. However, regular blood tests are an essential part of your ongoing care and are usually needed every 3 to 6 months. It is your responsibility to arrange these and to submit your results, which you can do here (https://www.gendergp.com/help-centre/blood-results/).