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Full blood profile

A full blood profile, commonly called full blood count (FBC), is a common and important blood test that can give information about an individual's state of health. It is a panel of tests that examines the blood to aid in diagnosing or monitoring several conditions, including anaemia and infections.

We do perform full blood count testing on a self-request basis, however we do not recommend that patients attempt self-diagnosis. Your doctor may recommend a health screening to investigate potential causes of ill health. It is highly recommended that you undergo a consultation with a private doctor in London, so that you don't have to worry about determining the right test or interpreting the results.

What is a full blood profile test?

A full blood profile test is a diagnostic blood test. A full blood count includes various assessments, such as lipid profile, complete blood counts, glucose levels, and several others. Each component of this test provides specific information about certain aspects of health.

For example, a complete blood count offers insight into the quality and quantity of blood cells, while the lipid profile test analyses the cholesterol levels, which is important for heart health, and the glucose level test helps to monitor blood sugar levels, an important factor in diabetes management. Combining these parameters in a full blood profile test gives a comprehensive picture of your health.

Why get a full blood profile test?

A full blood profile test or FBC blood test is usually for patients who feel unwell and is useful for screening issues such as bleeding, infection, and anaemia. A full blood profile test measures the following.

  • White blood cell count

    The white blood cell (WBC) count is a common blood test in health assessments, and it checks the body's ability to fight infections.

    Your doctor may interpret a normal WBC count as a sign that your body can fight bacterial infections and other disease-causing organisms. Moderately elevated white cell counts may indicate acute infection, while elevated counts of abnormal white blood cells may indicate leukaemia (a relatively rare blood cancer).

  • Red blood cell count

    The red blood cell (RBC) count is the number of red blood cells in the blood. RBC can vary significantly; a high or low count may indicate a problem. Significantly low red blood cell count may be linked to anaemia ( red cell production deficiency or excessive blood loss), while high counts are common in polycythaemia (a condition caused by living at high altitudes, smoking, or increased red blood cell production in the bone marrow).

Why undergo a blood profile at Medical Express Clinic?

Reliability and expertise are non-negotiable when it concerns health. At Medical Express Clinic, we have a team of skilled and experienced professionals dedicated to providing a high standard of personalised care to meet your health needs. Our fully-equipped laboratory facilities ensure your results are accurate and reliable, giving you confidence in any information you receive from us.

We understand that you prioritise your health, and health-related issues require trust, so we are committed to gaining and maintaining your trust through our exceptional services. Choosing Medical Express Clinic for your full blood profile test means choosing precision and excellence in healthcare.

What are the key components of full blood profile tests?

  • Complete blood count (CBC)

    Red blood cell (RBC) count – Checks the size and number of the red blood cells, assessing the red blood cells' capacity to carry oxygen.

    White blood cell (WBC) count – Evaluate the immune system's response to diseases and infection.

    Platelets – Check the blood's ability to clot.

  • Lipid profile

    Total cholesterol – Checks the total blood cholesterol

    Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – Also called bad cholesterol, which may contribute to arterial plaque when in high levels

    High-density lipoprotein (HDL) – Also called good cholesterol, which is considered to offer benefits to heart health when high in the blood

    Triglycerides – Measures the amount of fat circulating in the blood

  • Glucose levels

    Fasting blood sugar (FBS) – Measures the blood sugar levels after a fasting period, providing information on diabetes risk.

    Postprandial blood sugar (PPBS) – Assess sugar levels in the blood after meals

  • Liver function tests

    Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) – Checks liver health, particularly linked to liver damage or hepatitis

    Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) – This is another liver health marker

    Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) – Checks for bone or liver-related issues

    Bilirubin – Measures the product from the breakdown of red blood cells and evaluates liver function

  • Kidney function tests

    Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) – Evaluates protein metabolism and kidney function

    Creatinine – Assess glomerular filtration rate and measure kidney function

  • Electrolyte levels

    Sodium, chloride, and potassium – Essential for maintaining the right fluid balance and aids nerve function in the body

  • Thyroid function tests

    Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) – Checks the thyroid function and aids in thyroid disorder diagnosis.

    Free triiodothyronine (FT3) and free thyroxine (FT4) – Measures the thyroid hormone level in the blood.

  • Iron studies

    Serum Iron – Measures the iron level in the blood

    Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) – Assess the blood's ability to bind to iron and transport it

    Ferritin – Assess the body's iron stores

  • Inflammatory markers

    C-reactive protein (CRP) – Checks for inflammation in the body

    Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) – Measures the red blood cells settling rate in a tube, an indicator of inflammation

  • Vitamin D levels

    25-hydroxy vitamin D – Assess the vitamin D levels in the blood, an important factor for bone and overall health.

What conditions can a full blood profile detect?

Our silver full blood profile test can provide sufficient information to indicate the presence of certain conditions or the need for further testing to confirm them. These conditions include:

  • Iron deficiency
  • Elevated liver enzymes/ liver tissues
  • Anaemia and some blood disorders
  • High blood sugar (diabetes) – our platinum profile offers additional testing for diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney dysfunction

What are the benefits of full blood profile testing?

A full blood profile test offers several benefits, making it an important tool for proactive health management. Its benefits include:

  • Early detection – This test assesses several parameters that help detect potential health issues early to provide timely treatment and intervention.
  • Comprehensive assessment – The full blood profile test offers a better view of your health, ensuring a comprehensive assessment of your health
  • Personalised insights – This test provides detailed information that allows your doctor to have personalised insights into your health to guide you toward specific preventive options and lifestyle changes

Who needs a full blood profile test?

A full blood profile is for people of all ages, including those who want to proactively manage their health or an existing condition. You can consider the test if:

  • You have a family history of certain medical conditions that need closer monitoring
  • You want to assess your overall health thoroughly
  • You are managing chronic illnesses and need regular health check-ups

This test is valuable for preventive care and ongoing health conditions management.

The testing process

We understand many people are concerned about the testing process. However, the full blood profile testing process at Medical Express Clinic is straightforward. You can expect the following.

  • Scheduling an appointment

    You will start by scheduling an appointment via our user-friendly online booking option, which allows you to choose a time suitable for your schedule.

  • Pre-test guidelines

    Depending on your test's components, you may need to follow specific pre-test guidelines, such as fasting for a certain period before your test.

  • Sample collection

    Our healthcare professional will collect your blood sample while ensuring minimal discomfort. The blood collection process is efficient and quick, and we focus on keeping you comfortable.

  • Laboratory analysis

    We will send your blood sample to our fully equipped laboratory for analysis. Our skilled technicians and advanced technology ensure reliable and accurate results.

  • Result consultation

    After your blood sample analysis, you will have a consultation with our healthcare professional to discuss your results. During this appointment, you can ask questions to better understand your health.

Understanding your results

Interpreting your full blood profile test result may seem complex, but our experienced healthcare professionals will guide you. We will provide a detailed report explaining each parameter analysed to make it easier to understand your results and how it affects your health. Regardless of the result, including concerning indicators, we will support you throughout your health journey.

Cost of full blood profile test

Transparency is important when it concerns the cost of healthcare, and it helps you make an informed decision. The cost of a full blood profile test at our clinic is £570, reflecting the exceptional service quality you will receive.

Scheduling and appointments

Our easy-to-navigate online booking system makes scheduling an appointment for your full blood profile test convenient and quick. We understand that flexibility in scheduling is important, and we aim to make the testing process convenient for you.

Contact Medical Express Clinic today at 0207 499 1991 for more information on our full blood profile test or to book an appointment with our experienced doctor.

Frequently asked questions

The testing frequency for a full blood profile depends on several factors, including health history, any existing medical conditions, and age. Our healthcare providers can offer personalised recommendations based on your specific needs.

Fasting before a full blood profile may be necessary for some test components, such as glucose levels or lipid profiles. We will provide clear instructions when you book an appointment.

Yes, you can. We provide secure online access to results to ensure convenience. You can review your results at your time and contact us if you have questions.

A full blood count test, also called a haematology profile, is a routine test examining your immune function and general health. Generally, this test is suitable for people with a history of blood disorders, those who want to check their white blood cell count after or for an inflammation or infection, or those experiencing symptoms of low iron.

A full blood count blood test examines the blood components, including the platelets and red and white blood cells, to check for abnormalities in the blood. This test can detect inflammation or infection in the blood, and check for anaemia, caused by either vitamin B1 or iron deficiency.

A full blood count test isn't for diabetes diagnosis. Two types of tests can diagnose diabetes – the HbA1C blood test, which detects blood sugar levels over the last 8 – 10 weeks, and the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, which measures glucose (blood sugar) after fasting for eight hours. If you think you have a risk of developing diabetes, you can have our simple finger-prick blood test for diabetes (HbA1C) to check your blood sugar levels.

Blood tests can take a few hours to a few weeks to process, depending on whether you go through a private specialist, a digital consumer health company, or a public health service.