• A finger-prick blood spot sample - not the larger more difficult to collect micro samples seen with other services. Our LC-MS/MS machines give results for Total Vitamin D and also D3 and D2 levels. We are the UK’s original public service. •You can take too much vitamin D. We phone people every week advising of potentially toxic levels of vitamin D due to supplement overuse. Early side effects can include gastrointestinal changes and discomfort. See NHS advise on toxicity and maximum oral doses here….•Secret Shoppers: Recent secret shoppers show the laboratory turn-round to be excellent. See the results people get with our test here- here.
Our service to the public
•We are the UK’s original vitamin D public testing laboratory, providing a service since 2011. We are also one of the largest vitamin D testing laboratories in the NHS.•Our test pack includes everything required to take a sample and send back 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 a pre-paid envelope.•Results are sent back by email as a PDF, or by post if you prefer.•Our service is used both by the public and 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 also 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.
Our Address: Clinical Biochemistry Department, Black Country Pathology Services, 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 January 2022Review Date: 22nd August 2022
Current Service and Coronavirus•Strong demand still as the public are keen to optimise their vitamin D status. Excellent turn round. See Secret Shopper…..•We have a page with papers and scientific comment on the association between Covid-19 and Vitamin D - here….
Single Test Packs•For you, your family and friends•Individual packs with everything you need to take a finger prick sample and return to the lab.•Includes postage.
Pack of 10•For professionals, larger family groups and small workplaces. •Comes as 10 individually packed tests.•Includes postage•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.
January results from our Secret Shopper showing impact of taking Vitamin D supplements after a low result in October. See here….