- Ferritin is a protein that binds and stores iron in the body, and releases it when needed. It is mainly found in the liver and immune system.
- A laboratory blood test can be done to measure your ferritin level, which will reflect the amount of iron you have stored in your body.
- Normal ferritin stores range from 30 – 150ug/l in women and 30 – 300 ug/l in men.
- WCBS will routinely be testing the ferritin levels of donors. This will be done the first time you donate and after every fourth donation thereafter to make sure we are not depleting your iron stores.
- If your ferritin is too high or too low, you will be notified by SMS with the result and advised to seek help from your doctor.
If your ferritin level is normal, you will not be contacted with the result as there is nothing for you to worry about.