Information is accurate as of July 2018. All fees payable to Southern Community Laboratories at the time you have blood taken. $13.00 is charged for the blood to be taken
Heart and Diabetes Screen $67.00
Pre-VLCD recommended panel $137.00
Includes cholesterol, HBA1c (diabetes blood test), Kidney and Liver Function, plus Uric Acid (Gout).
VLCD interim screen (2-4 weekly during intensive phase)
*If uric acid is elevated in pre-VLCD screen this needs to be included at least once to ensure this is not rising to unacceptably high levels.
Nutritional Blood Tests
Complete Blood Count* $26.50
If this test shows up abnormal cells suggesting a nutritional anemia you may need to pay for further tests.
Iron Studies $37.50
Vitamin B12 & Folate $22.00
Vitamin D* $42.00
* I presume with most people who are dark skinned, work inside for long hours, avoid sun exposure, that they are likely to be Vitamin D deficient and will advise accordingly rather than testing.
Copper $33.00 (+$23.00)
Zinc $33.00 (+$23.00)
These two tests will only be done if there is a clinical indication that either of these nutrients could be a problem. The most likely circumstances are the chronic use of iron tablets over several years without improvement in iron status with other causes of anaemia excluded or as part of post-weight loss surgery health screening.
Coeliac Screen $41.00
Screening for coeliac disease is only useful if you are consuming 4 slices of bread or equivalent for 4 weeks. If you are gluten intolerant then this will be extremely uncomfortable.