What does a full blood count test measure?
Our Full Blood Count test looks for potential abnormalities in the cells located in your blood, a FBC will measure:
- White Blood Cells (WBC) – The cells which fight infections
- Red Blood Cells (RBC) – Carriers of oxygen in the blood
- Hemoglobin (Hb) – Protein within RBC that carry the oxygen
- Platelet Count (Plt) – Aids the blood to clot
- Hematocrit (HCT) – Quantity of RBC in the blood
What are the benefits of a Full Blood Count test?
The FBC in one of the most common tests, it is used to screen, diagnose, and monitor a variety of conditions, and can give a good indication of your general health, and can reveal any potential health problems you may have. Depending on the result, some conditions either will need treatment, or can settle on its own.
Full Blood Count tests can detect signs of:
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Infection or inflammation
- Bleeding and clotting disorders
Do you need to prepare for this test?
No preparation is required prior to the test, a blood sample will be taken either from a finger prick or drawn for a vein in your arm, you can consume food and liquids as normal.