Mercury (urine)

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

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Samples required

20 mL early morning urine in plain Universal container.

A 24 hour collection (acid-washed container) is recommended if the first result is equivocal.

Instructions for 24h urine collection available here or on UHSussex public site.

Please contact laboratory for an acid-washed container (RSCH ext. 67699, PRH ext. 68203).

Test indications

Measurement of mercury in urine is preferred where there is exposure to mercury vapour or inorganic mercury salts.

For organic mercury exposure see mercury (blood).

Test information


Reference range

< 3 nmol/ mmol creatinine

<15 nmol/24h

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)