Vitamin D is essential to the body for strong bones, healthy immune functioning, and regulated good mood. Your body naturally absorbs vitamin D from sun exposure and certain foods, but staying indoors and having certain medical conditions can prevent your body from absorbing enough vitamin D.
Low vitamin D levels can also be an indicator of bone disorders, organ damage, nutritional problems, and other serious conditions. Knowing your vitamin D levels can help you identify illnesses and treat problems quickly and effectively.
At Summerfield Healthcare, we offer a range of blood tests to help you monitor your health and address any issues before they become problematic. Our Vitamin D blood test is available in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton and can be scheduled around your routine with short notice appointments and flexible times. We do not require a referral from a GP or specialist and all tests are fully private and confidential.
Vitamin D is a vital nutrient found in the body in two forms: Vitamin D2 and D3. D2 is created primarily through diet and foods like dairy and fortified cereals will have higher concentrations of D2. D3 is primarily developed through sun exposure.
Vitamin D is converted by the body into a chemical known as 25 OH which is easily identified in the bloodstream.
Without sufficient vitamin D, your body will not be able to strengthen bones, stabilise mood, or sustain energy outputs. People with low vitamin D are prone to:
A vitamin D blood test analyses the level of vitamin D in your blood. If you have less than 12 ng/mL then you are classed as having a vitamin D deficiency.
Anyone can benefit from knowing their Vitamin D levels and there are no risks associated with the blood test. People living in England are especially prone to vitamin D deficiencies – especially during the winter months – as their sun exposure is much lower.
Certain individuals and people groups are also at higher risk of developing Vitamin D deficiency. If you fall into one of these categories then you should consider getting a vitamin D blood test:
A vitamin D blood test is a routine blood test that is performed by taking a small sample of blood from the vein in your arm. One of our medical team will use a thin needle to extract a small amount of blood before carefully labelling it and sending it to the laboratory for testing.
The test is straightforward and there is nothing you will need to prepare for. However, if you are on any supplements you should inform your consultant as these could influence the results.
Immediately after the test you can get back to your normal activities. You may experience slight pain and bruising at the site of the needle prick, but this will pass within a few days.
We work hard to make sure your results are ready as quickly as possible to give you peace of mind and allow you to get treatment as soon as possible if necessary.
Results are sent out electronically and you will receive a secure PDF file with your results as soon as they are available. If you would prefer for us to send your results through the mail, we will post them first class. Please speak to one of our team so they can make sure your results are posted.
Treatment for vitamin D deficiency is usually quite straightforward and can be done through changes in your diet or through supplements.
If your test results show that you have vitamin D deficiency, we can set up an appointment with one of our consultants who will be able to help you develop a treatment plan and give you any prescriptions you may need for medication.
Although we are a private healthcare provider, our priority is you and your health. That’s why we are committed to giving you excellent healthcare at affordable prices.
Our vitamin D blood test costs £88.40 and this is carried out by our nurse team.
You do not need a referral to book a test but you can book a follow up private GP consultation if you would like to discuss your vitamin D blood test results with one of our experienced GPs. (Please note this attracts a separate fee).
We offer vitamin D blood tests in Wolverhampton and vitamin D blood tests in Shrewsbury so you can conveniently book around your location and schedule.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
Paul Hatton is the Registered CQC Manager for Summerfield Healthcare. He is responsible the governance, overseeing of the clinical aspect and the development of new services.
General Practitioner / Medical Director | Birmingham, Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton
Dr Vivake Roddah is a GP with professional interests in Dermatology, Minor surgery and Occupational Medicine. He completed his GP training in the Oxford Deanery and has had the opportunity of working with patients from many different backgrounds.