Mercury (blood)

Referred to Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Surrey GU16 7UJ

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Samples required

EDTA blood (purple cap/ yellow cap ring, 4 mL tube). Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.

Test indications

Measurement of mercury in blood is preferred where there is exposure to organic mercury.

For is exposure to mercury vapour or inorganic mercury salts see mercury (urine).

Test information


Reference range

< 25.0 nmol/L 

Turnaround time

Referral lab quotes turnaround time of 10 days, however additional time must be allowed for packing, dispatch and delivery of sample, and return and processing of results.


Biochemistry (Referrals)