What is a Full Blood Count Test?
Our full blood count test is a blood test which can be conducted from the convenience of your own home. We will send you a blood collection kit so that you can collect a small sample of blood and send it off for testing. Please click here to see a video that explains how to collect the blood sample and send it off. A leaflet explaining what to do is also available here. It’s a simple painless process that takes less than 5 minutes.
The full blood count test will review:
- Red Cell Count
- White Cell Count
- Platelet Count
When collecting the blood sample it's important to avoid squeezing the finger to get the blood to flow. This can cause haemolysis of the sample and make it useless for testing. Please follow the instructions on the leaflet provided carefully and remember the following tips:
- Do not squeeze the finger when collecting the blood sample. A good firm prick from the lancet is needed, and then take your time.
- Warm the hand before sample collection, this can help a great deal.
- Use the little finger and gently milk the hand rather than squeezing the finger.
- Stand up when collecting the blood sample, as this can really assist blood flow.
The test provides information about the different cells in your blood including the cell levels. It includes a measure of the levels of red blood cells, platelets and white blood cells, broken down into different types of white blood cells such as neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes and monocytes. As well as blood cell counts other information about the cells such as their size and shape. Heamatocrit is measured which gives the fraction of whole blood volume that consists of red blood cells.
Why should I have a Full Blood Count Test?
Doctors use a full blood count as a way of assessing general health. Infections and many chronic conditions will have effects on certain elements of the full blood count and by looking at the results of a full blood count a doctor can gain clues about areas of concern.
The use of certain medicines can also have adverse effects on the blood. The use of testosterone replacement therapies can result in an increase in the number of red blood cells, which can be damaging to health. As a result people using testosterone replacement therapies are required to have a full blood count to check that this is not happening.
The results of the test will be sent to the “Test Results” area of your Pharmacy2U Online Doctor account. You will be notified by email when the results are there, and the doctor will also be notified of the results.
The result will tell you the level of various elements in your blood, and it will indicate the normal levels and indicate if your result falls within the normal range.
If we do find abnormal levels, the doctor will get in touch with you to recommend the appropriate course of action.
Please note: These can not be sent overseas, only to UK residential addresses.