Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin, essential for the normal functioning of many body processes. Deficiency can lead to anaemia (poor quality red blood cells) and neurological (nerve) disorders. It is most abundant in meat products so vegetarians are more vulnerable to deficiency of this vitamin.
Pernicious anaemia develops if uptake of vitamin B12 into the blood from the gut is absent or severely impaired, and even if a diet rich in the vitamin is taken, deficiency will occur if this disease is present. Recent evidence suggests that mild deficiency is probably more common than previously thought. Mild deficiency may explain the presence of fatigue and a host of other limiting symptoms which is why we have included it within the PLUS V and PLUS X health screening profiles.
Folate, or Folic acid, is a B vitamin. It helps the body break down complex carbohydrates into simple sugars to be used for energy. Folate (folic acid) is one of the B group of vitamins found in green vegetables in particular. The body's reserves of folate, unlike vitamin B12, are low and only sufficient for about four months. Causes of deficiency include reduced intake from the diet or from poor absorption through the gut; increased demand for folate (eg pregnancy) and side effects of some medication (eg methotrexate). Symptoms include fatigue, mild sensation changes and depression. Prolonged lack of folate results in megaloblastic anaemia (in which the red blood cells are characteristically large).
This confidential blood examination for Vitamin B12 and Folate is accessible at all of the thirty one Spire locations that we refer our patients to around the UK.
Included in every single order for Vitamin B12 and Folate are a Doctors Referral, all Phlebotomy fees (your blood taken at a Private Hospital), all laboratory fees and includes our GP comments.
Test Name: Vitamin B12 and Folate (Request each test separately)
GP Referral: GP Referral is included
Target Turn Around Time in working days: 2
Test Inclusions: analysis for this analyte only B12 & Folate
Fasting Required: Fasting not required
Sample Required: 1 x Gold
Laboratory Notes: Folate: 4.6 - 18.7
How do you get a Blood Test?
1. Order Online. Select your required blood test from our test menu.
2. Arrange your sample collection appointment/blood draw. (Ensure you have checked if you need to fast before attending your blood draw).
3. Wait for your blood test results, once they’re ready we will send them to you via email within the turnaround time stated on the website.
Do I need a Doctors referral to use this service?
No you do not require a Doctor’s Referral, we provide one when you have placed an order. This is free of charge, and a consultation is not required unless stated on certain tests.
How soon will I get my blood test results?
The turnaround time is a guide only, and will sometimes depend upon assay run schedules. Most results are provided within the time frame provided, but there may be technical difficulties, or the results may need to be re-run to check accuracy, or our Doctor may be held up passing comment. We can easily give you a status report, so please do email us or phone us to chase results, not the Laboratory itself.
Are blood tests accurate?
We only associate with fully accredited laboratories which are often used by the NHS.
If I have a blood test will it remain confidential?
Our blood tests are 100% confidential and all results/comments are sent to your dedicated email address you provide us with upon ordering. Alternatively, you can let the team know and we can post your results to you.