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Full Blood Count

Alias: FBC, WBC, Platelets, RBC, Haematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC

Discipline: Haematology

Test information: Commonly requested as part of a general screen in a patient who is unwell to screen for a variety of disorders, such as anaemia and infection, inflammation nutritional status and bleeding. Provides important information about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
N/A
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Purple Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Purple Top Microtainer BD;
Analytes
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
No
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
4ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
N/A
Maximum add on time
N/A
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
White cell count - MALE - 3.7 - 9.5
White cell count - FEMALE - 3.9 - 11.1
Haemoglobin - MALE - 133-167
Haemoglobin - FEMALE - 118-148
Platelets - 150-400
Red blood cells - MALE - 0.39-0.50
Red blood cells - FEMALE - 0.36-0.44
MCV - 77-98
MCH - 27.3-32.6
MCHC - 316-349
WBC - Neutrophils - 1.7-7.5
WBC - Lymphocytes - 1.0-3.2
WBC - Monocytes - 0.2-0.6
WBC - Eosinophils - 0.03-0.46
UKAS number
8869
UKAS accredited test?
Yes
Comments
Testing is available outside normal laboratory hours.

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Last updated: 24-07-2024