Are you at risk of iron overload?

Genetic haemochromatosis (GH) is the country's most common genetic condition. It causes people to have too much iron in their blood.

Untreated, the condition can lead to iron overload, where the body is unable to process excess iron - this can lead to potential health problems.

Diagnosed early, haemochromatosis is manageable and not life-limiting. 

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Learn more about iron overload

Symptoms, diagnosis, where to get help

Terms & Conditions

  • As a charity, our funding is limited so we’re only able to offer one free health/genetic test kit per household.
  • Health check kits are available to residents in Carrickfergus, BT47 or BT48 for requests received by 31st March 2022.
  • The person taking the test must be aged 18 or over and be already registered with a NHS GP.
  • By requesting a free health check, you give us permission to send you a genetic test kit and information by post, to deliver the health check to you. The full terms and conditions can be found here.

You can read more about the free health check...

This project came about through regular cross-community discussions with local residents. It is possible due to the generous support of the National Lottery Community Fund for Northern Ireland, Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust (Derry-Londonderry), teh Gill's Charity (Carrickfergus) and our charity's Friends Against Iron Overload.

We're here to help

Worried about genetic haemochromatosis? Don’t be. Talk to us for friendly, practical help & understanding.

Help & advice line: 03030 401 102 (Monday to Friday, 12 Noon to 3pm)*

Email: [email protected]
*Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number. If calling from a mobile phone, calls to 03 numbers count towards any inclusive minute sin the same way as 01 and 02 calls.