Direct to the public Vitamin D

testing from our NHS laboratory

Our service to the public

Your sample is analysed in our NHS laboratory - we are the UKs original vitamin D public testing service and have provided a service to you since 2011. We are one of the largest vitamin D testing laboratories in the NHS. Our test pack is sent 1st class and contains all the components required to take a home sample and send it back to us for analysis. We give you clear instructions on how to take the finger-prick blood sample - a very small amount of blood is required compared to many services. You return the sample along with a completed consent form in the pre-paid envelope. Results are sent to you by email as a PDF or by post if you prefer. Our service is used both by the public and extensively by those undertaking research into vitamin both in the UK and around the world.

How it works….

UK orders include reply postage. For overseas orders you add postage to the envelope. Video demonstration  -  link here.. Your results are compared to reference intervals used by the NHS to interpret if you have enough vitamin D or need to supplement. A traffic light system helps with interpretation. The latest LC-MS/MS equipment measures D3 and D2 to give a ‘Total Vitamin D’ level. To purchase Vitamin D  test kits use the links above . We also supply professionals and academics doing R&D around the world in bulk - 10s and 50s, at discounted rates.

Contacting us


Tel: +44 (0) 121 507 4278

Our Address: Clinical Biochemistry Department, Black Country Pathology Services City Hospital Birmingham, B18 7QH, UK This service is provided to the public from the SWBH NHS laboratory, part of Black Country Pathology Service (BCPS). Our work is overseen by the governance policies, procedures and Quality System that applies to BCPS. Please contact us if you would like further details in this area. Note: Birmingham Picture Library receives internet orders and forwards them at once to the laboratory. All queries are handled by the laboratory directly with you from then on.
Questions Answered About Us
BCPS-V. 2020/18/2 Last Updated: 2nd June 2020 Review Date: 2nd October 2020
Current Service and Coronavirus:  We are operating as normal with very strong demand as people decide to check their vitamin D status.  Do note that we are experiencing some postal delays at present and your results may take longer than normal to come back to you.
Podcast looking at Vitamin D and Coronavirus Sarah Boseley, Health Editor of the Guardian, talks to Professor Susan Lanham- New, Head of Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of Surrey, about vitamin D. After a general introduction, the lack of direct evidence for a role of Vitamin D in Covid-19 is highlighted and the ongoing work to look at this considered.   Vitamin D level optimisation in the population is strongly supported by Susan, with advice to take supplements but NOT taking large doses, which could be harmful. This excellent 15 minute podcast was released on 27th May 2020.  Listen here….

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