Anaemia is a deficiency in the number or quality of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body. It isn’t a disease in itself, but a result of a malfunction somewhere in the body.
When a person is anaemic, their heart has to work harder to pump the quantity of blood needed to get adequate oxygen around their body. During heavy exercise, the cells may not be able to carry enough oxygen to meet the body’s needs and the person can become exhausted. This blood condition is common, particularly in females, with some estimates suggesting about one in five menstruating women and half of all pregnant women are anaemic. It’s important to find and treat the cause of the anaemia as well as the anaemia itself.
If you have anaemia, you will feel tired and short of breath, even when doing things you could usually do easily. You may also have a fast or irregular heartbeat, look pale, have cold feet or hands, feel dizzy or have problems thinking. If you have any of these problems it is important to have anaemia testing. This testing can take a number of forms including at your community pharmacy through a simple blood test. Your doctor may require additional tests depending on the outcome of your blood tests.
During this service, our qualified Pharmacist will take a small blood sample from your finger using a finger prick device. The blood sample will then be tested by a device that will tell the Pharmacist the level of red blood cells in your body. Based on this result, the Pharmacist will then discuss different treatment options with you if neccessary.
The cost of this service is $14.99.