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Health Survey for England Bloodbank

Researchers can apply to use blood samples taken and stored as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE).

Around 100,000 blood samples taken as part of the Health Survey for England (HSE) since 1994 have been stored after analysis for the survey data set. Researchers can apply to use these samples for research work. 

The samples are held in deep-freeze storage at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle and can be analysed by the staff there on your behalf. If you require certain analytical techniques not available at the RVI, we may consider allowing the samples to be transported to your own laboratory, under strict conditions.

Costs for this service

Applications may be subject to the Data Access Request Service, where a charge will apply to cover the costs of managing the application. Costs for extracting, analysing and linking the data set will be charged by our contractors, the National Centre for Social Research and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

How to apply

The samples need to be used fairly, so we need to ensure that the blood samples are:

  • used only for the agreed reasons
  • analysed appropriately and usefully
  • distributed fairly and openly

Applications for work in the areas of genetic and HIV testing will not be considered.

If you'd like to apply, please contact us at surveys.queries@nhs.net.

Have a question about the Health Survey for England Bloodbank? Contact surveys.queries@nhs.net.

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