The Full Blood Count blood test, also known as a Complete Blood Count (CBC) or Haematology Profile, examines the components of blood, including red and white blood cells and platelets.
All blood cells are made in the bone marrow, the centre of large bones. Some medications or diseases can damage the bone marrow, which in turn can reduce the numbers of different types of red or white blood cells.
This Full Blood Count (FBC) provides important information about the type, number and appearance of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells (vital for carrying oxygen around the body), white blood cells (key to the body's immune system), and clotting cells (important for controlling and stopping bleeding). This is an important test for the diagnoses of anaemia which is caused by insufficient red blood cells or haemoglobin as assessing immune function.
An inflammation marker known as the ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) is also part of the test, used to help diagnose conditions associated with acute and chronic inflammation, including infections, cancers and autoimmune diseases.
This Full Blood Count (FBC) is for individuals who wish to establish the health of their blood. It is an important blood test for people who have symptoms of amaenia or who suspect a viral or bacterial infection.
The signs that you may have a low red blood cell count (known as anaemia) can include fatigue, weight loss, loss of sex drive, lack of appetite, moodiness, constipation, irregular heart rate and a sensation of being cold.
Symptoms of a low white blood cell count can include fatigue, shortness of breath and weakness.
Postage & Packaging
Special pre-paid packaging is provided to return your sample safely, by first class post, to our laboratory for testing.
A Medical History & Lifestyle questionnaire is included with this test. It covers important areas such as illness, injuries, medical conditions, medication, family health history and much more.
The Medical History & Lifestyle questionnaire provides us with vital information which can affect how your results are interpreted and what advice you receive.
Copy of Laboratory Results
You will have secure online access to your medical reports and results held on our secure web servers. If required, we will also send you a hard copy by post.
Our web servers are secure and protected by the latest SSL certificate. The 128bit SSL encryption assures that information is kept private between our web servers and your web browser.
Samples are analysed at a private accredited laboratory.
Interpretation of Results
Abnormal results will be explained and relevant advice provided.
Your personalised Helpline Card will allow you access free confidential medical advice.
Simply order one of our Home-to-Lab tests or health checks online and we will send you the appropriate sample collection kit(s) with easy to follow instructions.
Take the sample in the privacy of your own home then post to our laboratory for fast, accurate testing. For those tests requiring a finger prick blood sample, please see our video guide opposite.
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