Full Blood Count

Print this article
Share this page:
Also known as: FBC
Formal name: Full blood count

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

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

When to Get Tested?

As determined by your doctor; there are many illnesses which will affect the full blood count (FBC) and the result may help to make a diagnosis

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm or a finger-prick or heel-prick (newborns)

Test Preparation Needed?