Folate, or Folic acid, is a B vitamin. It helps the body break down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars to be used for energy. Folate (folic acid) is one of the B group of vitamins found in green vegetables in particular. The body's reserves of folate, unlike vitamin B12, are low and only sufficient for about four months.
Causes of deficiency include reduced intake from the diet or from poor absorption through the gut; increased demand for folate (eg pregnancy) and side effects of some medication (eg methotrexate). Symptoms include fatigue, mild sensation changes and depression. Prolonged lack of folate results in megaloblastic anaemia (in which the red blood cells are characteristically large).
This private blood test for Folate is available at all thirty Spire clinics across the UK.
Included in each test for Folate are a Doctors Referral, all Phlebotomy fees (your blood taken at a Private Hospital), all laboratory fees and includes our GP comments.
Test Name: Folate ( FOL )
GP Referral: GP Referral is included
Target Turn Around Time in working days: 2
Test Inclusions: analysis for this analyte only.
Fasting Required: Fasting not required
Sample Required: 1 x Gold
Laboratory Notes: 4.6 - 18.7
How do you get a Blood Test?
Order Online. Select your required blood test from our test menu or call us on 0800 999 1110.Arrange your sample collection appointment/blood draw.(ensure you have checked if you need to fast before attending your blood draw)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 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.