Cortisol is a steroid hormone and helps regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation and control blood sugar levels and is produced by the adrenal glands. It rises in response to stress, but it will also rise in those taking steroids (even as creams or asthma inhalers) and briefly after eating. Persistently raised cortisol levels may indicate underlying Cushing's disease. Too little cortisol may indicate adrenal deficiency and Addison’s disease. Cortisol levels naturally deplete throughout the day so a 9am sample is best.
As Cortisol decreases TSH, thereby decreasing thyroid hormone production, as well as inhibiting T4 to T3 conversion, measuring Cortisol is important.
This private blood analysis for Cortisol is accessible at over thirty one private hospital locations around the UK.
Included in every pathology request for Cortisol are a Doctors Referral, all Phlebotomy fees (your blood taken at a Private Hospital), all laboratory fees and includes our GP comments.
Test Name: Cortisol
GP Referral: GP Referral is included
Target Turn Around Time in working days: 3
Test Inclusions: analysis for this analyte only.
Fasting Required: Fasting not required
Sample Required: 1 x Gold
Attendance Restriction: A 9am appointment is required
Laboratory Notes: Age specific See Report
How do you get a Blood Test?
1. Order Online. Select your required blood test from our test menu.
2. Arrange your sample collection appointment/blood draw. (Ensure you have checked if you need to fast before attending your blood draw).
3. Wait for your blood test results, once they’re ready we will send them to you via email within the turnaround time stated on the website.
Do I need a Doctors referral to use this service?
No you do not require a Doctor’s Referral, we provide one when you have placed an order. This is free of charge, and a consultation is not required unless stated on certain tests.
How soon will I get my blood test results?
The turnaround time is a guide only, and will sometimes depend upon assay run schedules. Most results are provided within the time frame provided, but there may be technical difficulties, or the results may need to be re-run to check accuracy, or our Doctor may be held up passing comment. We can easily give you a status report, so please do email us or phone us to chase results, not the Laboratory itself.
Are blood tests accurate?
We only associate with fully accredited laboratories which are often used by the NHS.
If I have a blood test will it remain confidential?
Our blood tests are 100% confidential and all results/comments are sent to your dedicated email address you provide us with upon ordering. Alternatively, you can let the team know and we can post your results to you.