Direct to the public Vitamin D testing from our NHS laboratory
•Very small finger prick sample. We are the UKs original service to the public. Five thousand of our Vitamin D test packs are currently being used in a national study looking at the role of Vitamin D in Covid-19. •Service update Sunday 22nd November 2020: Packs are sent First Class Royal Mail and take a few days to arrive. We continue to see very strong demand for our service. We are building in additional capacity every week to keep up with demand from researchers and the general public. •Our monthly secret shopper gives an idea of current service and explains the results - see here….
Our service to the public
•We are the UK’s original vitamin D public testing laboratory, providing a service direct to the public since 2011. We are one of the largest vitamin D testing laboratories in the NHS.•Our test pack includes everything required to take a sample and send back to us for analysis. •Clear instructions enable you to take the finger-prick sample. A very small amount of blood is required compared to alternative approaches.•You return your sample and consent form in the pre-paid envelope.•Results are sent back by email as a PDF, or by post if you prefer.•Our service is used by the public and extensively by researchers studying Vitamin D in the UK and around the world.
How it works….
•UK orders include reply postage. Overseas orders - you add the postage . •Results are compared to NHS reference intervals used to interpret if you have enough vitamin D or need to take an oral supplement. •Our LC-MS/MS machines measure D3 and D2, to give a ‘Total vitamin D’.•Please purchase test kits using links above. We supply professionals with bulk packs - 10s and 50s, at discounted rates. You can also order these if you are testing your extended family, workplace, nursing home, etc. Prices are inclusive of postage.Contacting usEmail: email@example.comTel: +44 (0) 121 507 4278Our Address: Clinical Biochemistry Department, Black Country Pathology Services (BCPS), City Hospital Birmingham, B18 7QH, UKThis service to the public is provided from the SWBH NHS Trust laboratories in Birmingham and West Bromwich, part of Black Country Pathology Service. Our work is overseen by the governance policies, procedures and quality system applying to BCPS. Please contact us if you would like further details in this area.Note: Birmingham Picture Library receives orders and forwards them at once to the laboratory and this will be the organisation appearing on your bank statement. Queries are handled by the laboratory directly from then on.
BCPS-V. 2020/18/2Last Updated: 22nd November 2020Review Date: 22nd April 2021
Current Service and Coronavirus•We are operating as normal with very strong demand as people decide to check their vitamin D status. •NOTE: We have a page with recent papers and scientific comment on the association between Covid-19 and Vitamin D - see here….
Single Test Packs•For you and your immediate family and friends•Individual packs with everything you need to take a finger prick sample and return to the lab.
Pack of 10•For professionals, larger family groups and small workplaces. •Comes as 10 individually packed tests•17% online discount
Packs of 50•For R&D, Universities, care homes, and larger workplaces•Comes as 50 individually packed tests•24% online discount
Taking a Sample•A short video demonstrating how to take a sample and return it to the laboratory.