Full Blood Count (FBC)

NameFull Blood Count, (FBC)
(* Not done routinely: RETIC, NRBC & Film)
Tube TypePurple (EDTA)
Reference RangeHaemoglobin           M 130 – 170g/L
                                  F  115 – 160g/L
WBC                          4.0 – 11.0 X 109/L
Platelets                   150 – 400 X 109/L
MCV                          80 – 100fl
MCH                         27 – 32 pg
MCHC                       300 -360g/L
Hct                             M 0.4 – 0.55
                                  F 0.35 – 0.45
RBC                           M 4.5 – 6.5 X 1012/L
                                  F 3.8 – 5.80 X 1012/L
RDW                          12-16 % (CV)
RETICS*                   <2.0% 23 – 82 X 109/L
Neuts                         1.8 -7.5 X109/L
Lymphs                     1.0 -3.5 X 109/L
Monos                       0.1 – 1.0 X 109/L
Eos                             0.04 – 0.4 X 109/L
AvailabilityNDDH (24/7)
Target turnaround time2 Hours
Special requirements & notesSome FBC test results are gender and age specific. Contact the lab for more information.
Patient preparationN/A
Volume required1 tube (4ml)
If delayed transport to lab, store:In refrigerator 2 – 8oC
Factors affecting result interpretationSmall Sample, Old Sample >24hrs,
Time limit for add on test24 Hours
Pathology disciplineHaematology
‘Lab Tests Online’ linkhttps://labtestsonline.org.uk/tests/full-blood-count-fbc

Last updated: May 27, 2020