Safeguarding your health: The crucial role of regular blood testing

Written by: Dr Anshumen Bhagat
Edited by: Sophie Kennedy

Regular blood tests do more than just diagnose health problems. They can also ensure early detection of various conditions, help your doctor to provide more personalised care, and allow patients to be proactively engaged in maintaining good health by better understanding their overall wellbeing. To learn more about the importance of regular blood testing in maintaining good health and wellbeing, we invited highly respected GP Dr Anshumen Bhagat to share his expert insight.

What are blood tests?

Blood tests, also sometimes called blood screening or blood work, involve the analysis of a small sample of your blood to assess various aspects of your health. Blood testing can provide valuable insights into your overall health, including indicators related to your red and white blood cells, platelets, cholesterol levels, and organ function.

How can blood testing help with the early detection of some health conditions?

Regular blood tests can pick up on health issues before they manifest into serious concerns. For instance, indicators of conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, anaemia, or even certain infections could be revealed in blood testing. Detecting these issues at an early stage allows for timely intervention and management and prevents them from progressing into more serious or chronic health problems.

What information can blood testing give about a person?

Each person’s health is unique and blood tests offer a personalised assessment of a number of key factors which can impact your wellbeing. Blood testing informs your healthcare practitioner and allows them to tailor their advice and treatment plans based on your specific health profile. Whether it's understanding the impact of diet and lifestyle on your health or assessing the effectiveness of your medication, regular blood tests help in providing a more customised and effective healthcare approach.

How can regular blood testing help to maintain good health over time?

By comparing results from successive blood tests, trends and changes can be identified, prompting your doctor to take the necessary preventive actions. This helps to pick up any abnormalities or risks early on, allowing for timely interventions to maintain optimal health, rather than ‘catch-up’ treatment to resolve troublesome symptoms or conditions.

How else do patients benefit from regular blood testing?

Empowerment through knowledge is a significant benefit of regular blood tests. Understanding your blood test results and the insights they provide about your health allows you to actively engage in maintaining your own wellbeing. This insight can also help you to make informed decisions about your lifestyle, diet, and medical care, as well as contributing significantly to your overall wellbeing.

To schedule a blood test and gain better insight into your overall health and wellbeing, visit Dr Bhagat’s Top Doctors profile today.

By Dr Anshumen Bhagat
GP (general practitioner)

Dr Anshumen Bhagat is a highly esteemed GP based in London. With more than 20 years of experience, he specialises in providing a wide range of health and care services, including general GP appointmentsblood tests, ECG, women's health, health check-ups, ultrasound, X-rays and cancer screening, amongst many others. Dr Bhagat prioritises fast access private consultations and health screening packages for his patients, ensuring they receive prompt care with expert medical advice. He runs a full diagnostic centre with a cardiac suite, offering echocardiograms and ECGs. In addition, he offers Botox treatments as part of his daily practice. 

Dr Bhagat qualified in medicine from University College London in 2002, before going on to pursue further training, including a diploma from the Faculty of Family Planning and membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005. In combination with his work as a GP at various NHS practices in London, he undertook a number of senior roles, including clinical commissioning director of Endfield Primary Care Trust and clinical lead with NHS North Central London, amongst others. Dr Bhagat has also completed a masters level diploma in advanced commissioning and University College London Partner’s primary care mental health leadership programme. At the forefront of integrating technology and medicine, Dr Bhagat has served as IT and digital innovation lead with the Endfield Care Network for several years. In 2015, he founded GPDQ (GP Delivered Quickly), a highly respected family medicine practice, dedicated to ensuring quick access to expert medical care. He continues to serve as GPDQ’s chief medical officer in addition to his day to day responsibilities as a revered principal GP, providing wide ranging health and care services. Dr Bhagat sees private patients at GP Medic and the London Diagnostics Centre.

Dr Bhagat is renowned for his outstanding contributions to the medical field, specifically his dedicated work to reduce NHS waiting lists through the use of digital technology, in addition to his raising awareness of the mental health challenges faced by GPs. In recognition of this, he was listed in Pulse magazine’s prestigious ‘Power 50’ list in both 2018 and 2019, and was highlighted as the 20th most influential GP in the UK. Dr Bhagat also holds professional memberships in a number of prominent bodies, including the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council, and the Medical Defence Union.

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