Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is also known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because we produce most of what we need through exposure to the sun.
Vitamin D controls absorption of calcium and phosphate by the body and is vital for keeping your bones and teeth healthy. That’s why it is particularly important for pregnant women, breast-fed babies and children under 5 to produce enough vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common, especially in the winter months when sun exposure is reduced. However, if you’re over 65, have dark skin or suffer from inflammatory bowel disease or other fat malabsorption conditions you may be more prone to vitamin D deficiency.
This is a self-administered finger-prick blood test for Vitamin D, which is vital for the absorption of calcium and phosphate but also for protection against many diseases including cancer and immune disorders.
The test is for anyone who would like to establish whether they have a vitamin D deficiency. It may be especially useful for pregnant women, people over 65, with black or Asian skin types or people with gut, liver or kidney diseases.
How it works
Buy Test : Pop into our pharmacy and pick up your recommended screening test.
Post Sample : Collect your blood and post your sample to the lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View Results : View results securely, online, in your personal GP reviewed report and return to your local Alphega Pharmacy for advice on next steps.
This test is the first stage in understanding possible reasons for your levels of tiredness and fatigue and the potential next steps for tackling these. They are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering prolonged or severe symptoms, or if they are getting worse.
The Fatigue Screening Tests are reviewed by qualified GPs who interpret your results based on the blood samples and information you have provided. A medical condition may change over time, so a report which is accurate at one time, may not be accurate after a period of time. You will not receive a diagnosis or be provided with any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor or pharmacist for any necessary follow-up action.