Iron is essential for your health. It is vital for the production of haemoglobin – the pigment that makes your blood red in colour. The iron in haemoglobin combines with oxygen and transports it through the blood to your tissues and organs. Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional problem both in the UK and worldwide. In developed countries, between 10-20% of women of child-bearing age are said to be anaemic.
This self-administered finger-prick blood test evaluates how much iron you have in your blood, in order to diagnose low iron levels or monitor existing iron deficiency. Raised iron in the blood can indicate iron overload syndrome (haemochromatosis) an inherited condition where your body cannot rid itself of excess iron. This test is designed specifically for individuals who believe that they may be suffering from iron-deficiency anaemia or who have family members with haemochromatosis and who wish to check their own status.
How it works
Buy Test : Pop into our pharmacy and pick up your recommended screening test.
Post Sample : Collect your blood and post your sample to the lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View Results : View results securely, online, in your personal GP reviewed report and return to your local Alphega Pharmacy for advice on next steps.
This test is the first stage in understanding possible reasons for your levels of tiredness and fatigue and the potential next steps for tackling these. They are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering prolonged or severe symptoms, or if they are getting worse.
The Fatigue Screening Tests are reviewed by qualified GPs who interpret your results based on the blood samples and information you have provided. A medical condition may change over time, so a report which is accurate at one time, may not be accurate after a period of time. You will not receive a diagnosis or be provided with any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor or pharmacist for any necessary follow-up action.