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Posted by: Checkup | 2002/12/17

What do I ask for?

I haven't been to a GP for a while, but would like to have a checkup done before the end of the year. I'm 27 years old. What do I ask my GP for? What tests will he do - I assume things like cholestrol and sugar?

Is it necessary to have a check up if you feel fine?

I was once told that there is a build up of wax in my ears and they should be syringed. Is it bad to syringe them and is it painful?

Many thanks!

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Checkup, if there is nothing wrong with you on clinical examination, your GP will do the minimum amount of tests. He will do a urine dipstick, a finger prick sugar test and probably take blood for a full blood count and a fasting lipogram (cholesterol test). Depending on whether he thinks it’s necessary, he will also do a UK&E (kidney test), LFT (liver test) and a TFT (thyroid test). If anything turns up abnormal, he will do further tests. Good luck.

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