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Full Blood Count - Blood Test - In-Store only

Full Blood Count - Blood Test - In-Store only


A full blood count (FBC) is a very common blood test that is also sometimes called a complete blood count (CBC) or full blood examination (FBE). It is a test for general health, but it can also provide information about a range of conditions.

  • What is being tested?

    A full blood count test looks at the number, types and sizes of different cells in your blood, including:

    • red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body
    • white blood cells, which fight infection
    • platelets, which help blood to clot

    It also measures haemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen around the body and is found in red blood cells.

    Why would I need this test?

    A full blood count is a very common test used to screen for, help diagnose, and monitor a variety of conditions. It can be used as part of routine medical testing, or to examine specific issues such as:

    • infection
    • anaemia
    • tiredness or weakness
    • bleeding or clotting problems
    • exposure to toxic substances
    • monitoring response to treatment

    There are many medical conditions that can affect the full blood count. Blood cells can also be affected by some medications and some vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

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