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Why do I need blood tests and what do they tell the doctor?

We will often ask for blood tests to be done at the GP surgery between visits, in order to monitor activity of your IBD or check up on the treatments we have given. This is to make sure that the treatments are not causing any unwanted problems to other areas of the body, such as liver, kidney and bone marrow.

Most of the medications we prescribe for so-called maintenance treatment are relatively safe long term so long as blood tests are carried out at regular intervals and that you attend clinic or are under regular review by your own GP.