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This is a pre-marriage screening blood test that tests for sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia. It is a requirement in some African and Middle Eastern countries before marriage.
This is a haemoglobin electrophoresis test and is sometimes called a "genotype" test.
NB. This is a test for one person.
Why do this test? Sickle cell anaemia and beta thalassaemia are inheritable conditions. There is no problem to the person if they are sickle cell or beta thalassaemia carriers and have only one gene for these. However, if a couple who are both carriers have children, then there is a 1 in 4 chance that their children will have sickle cell disease or beta thalassaemia. That will mean life-long medical care and suffering for the affected children. For this reason, many countries ask their citizens to screen for sickle cell anaemia before they get married in order to avoid having affected children. Please note that having alpha thalassaemia does not give any major medical problems.
You are required to bring a valid photo ID with you at the of the pre-marriage test such as a passport or driving license.
There is no need for an appointment to do the pre-marriage test. After paying for the test online, you will receive a confirmation message with a map and directions attached. You can then go to Patient Reception at The Doctors Laboratory to give the sample. The laboratory is open 7am – 7pm weekdays and 7am-1pm on Saturdays.
Time Taken: 2-4 working days *
Results of your pre-marriage sickle cell and thalassaemia test will be e-mailed to you. Please let us know if you need a paper copy to be posted to you.
* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.