This confidential blood assay for Pernicious Anaemia is offered at more than thirty two private hospital locations across England, Scotland and Wales. Included in each test for Pernicious Anaemia are a Doctors Referral, all Phlebotomy fees (your blood taken at a Private Hospital), all laboratory fees and includes our GP comments. This Pernicious Anaemia Profile blood test includes analysis for FBC, Reticulocyte Count, Folate, Iron, TIBC, Active B12, Homocysteine, Methylmalonic Acid, Intrinsic Factor Abs and Parietal Cell Ab
Blood Test Explained
Below we have explained each inclusion.
White Blood Cell Count
The WBC (white blood cell) count is a common test within a health assessment and is a measure of your body's ability to fight infection. A normal WBC level can be interpreted as a sign that the first line of defence against invasion by bacteria or other disease causing organisms is intact and functioning. Moderately elevated white cell counts are a sign of acute infection, while very high counts of abnormal white cells are encountered with leukaemia (a relatively rare form of blood cancer).
Red Blood Cell Count The RBC (red blood cell) count is the number of red blood cells present. It can vary considerably, and a marginally low or high health screening reading may not imply a problem. Significantly reduced numbers within any health check can be associated with anaemia (a deficiency in red cell production, or excessive loss of blood), and very high numbers are seen in polycythaemia (a condition which can be caused by smoking, living at altitude or just because the bone marrow makes too many red cells).
The serum iron level is a measure of the circulating iron in the blood. It tells us (along with TIBC/UIBC, transferrin and ferritin) the state of the body's iron reserves. An excess in a health screening can indicate disorders of iron storage (such as haemochromatosis), while low levels may indicate (along with changes in TIBC/UIBC, transferrin saturation and ferritin) iron deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin, essential for the normal functioning of many body processes. Deficiency can lead to anaemia (poor quality red blood cells) and neurological (nerve) disorders. It is most abundant in meat products so vegetarians are more vulnerable to deficiency of this vitamin. Pernicious anaemia develops if uptake of vitamin B12 into the blood from the gut is absent or severely impaired, and even if a diet rich in the vitamin is taken, deficiency will occur if this disease is present. Recent evidence suggests that mild deficiency is probably more common than previously thought. Mild deficiency may explain the presence of fatigue and a host of other limiting symptoms which is why we have included it within the PLUS V and PLUS X health screening profiles.
Test Name: Pernicious Anaemia Profile
GP Referral: GP Referral is included
Target Turn Around Time in working days: 20 Working Days
Test Inclusions: This Pernicious Anaemia Profile blood test includes analysis for FBC, Reticulocyte Count, Folate, Iron, TIBC, Active B12, Homocysteine, Methylmalonic Acid, Intrinsic Factor Abs and Parietal Cell Ab
Fasting Required: Fasting is Required - 8 hours is recommened.
Sample Required: 6 x Gold & 2 x Purple
Attendance Restriction: Monday to Thursday Morning Attendance
Laboratory Notes: Assay Dependent
How do you get a Blood Test?
Order Online. Select your required blood test from our test menu or call us on 0800 999 1110.Arrange your sample collection appointment/blood draw.(ensure you have checked if you need to fast before attending your blood draw)Wait for your blood test results, once they’re ready we will send them to you via email within the turnaround time stated on the website.
Do I need a Doctors referral to use this service?
No you do not require a Doctor’s Referral, we provide one when you have placed an order. This is free of charge, and a consultation is not required unless stated on certain tests.
How soon will I get my results?
The turnaround time is a guide only, and will sometimes depend upon assay run schedules. Most results are provided within the time frame provided, but there may be technical difficulties, or the results may need to be re-run to check accuracy, or our Doctor may be held up passing comment. We can easily give you a status report, so please do email us or phone us to chase results, not the Laboratory itself.