What is this test?
Iron is an essential trace element that, among other functions, is needed in small quantities to help form normal red blood cells (RBCs). It forms a critical part of haemoglobin, the protein in your RBCs that binds oxygen in the lungs and releases it as the blood circulates to other parts of the body.
The body cannot produce iron and must take it up from the foods we eat or from supplements. Low levels of circulating and stored iron can lead to “iron deficiency anaemia”. Conversely, too much iron (iron overload) can be toxic to the body. Tight regulation of your iron balance in the body is therefore essential to avoid both low iron and excess iron levels. Iron can be found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, in meat, fish and tofu, and in liver, eggs, beans, and whole grains such as brown rice.
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Preparing for this test
Yes, you can request any of the test listed on our website without a medical referral if you are aged 16 years or over. For any medical advice regarding these tests, please consult your health provider
We will email your results to you. Results sent by email are password protected. Your password will be emailed to you.Use the password to open the file emailed to you. Your results will be emailed to you and in most cases will be available within 7 days.
No, but we may seek your authorisation to do so if your results are significantly abnormal.
We only offer a defined range of tests for self-requests. For all other tests, please see your healthcare provider to order a test for you. They will be able to determine its clinical relevance to your specific situation.
You need to consult your healthcare provider if you require interpretive advice.
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Each test is priced differently depending on what type of test it is. All tests also require a collection fee to collect the sample, or to provide you a sample collection container. This fee is charged once at the final checkout stage.
Most blood tests don’t require any special preparation.
Some tests require an appointment or simple advance preparation. If special preparation is required, for example, fasting before your test, it will be included on the information specific to the test.
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You don’t need to book in to receive your test, but in specific locations you are able to make a booking to ensure you’re seen at the time you arrive.