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Health Survey for England Bloodbank

What is the Health Survey for England Bloodbank service?

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 have permission to use these samples for secondary analysis, and we invite researchers to apply to use these samples in your research work. For instance, you may wish to assess public health trends across the population.

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.

Who is the service for?

The service is aimed at medical researchers.

Is there a charge for this service?

The Health and Social Care Information Centre will not charge for use of the HSE blood samples. However, costs for extracting, analysing and linking the data set will be charged by our contractors, the National Centre for social research (external link) and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle (external link). Costs are established on a case by case basis.

How do I apply?

pdf icon Application pack [150kb]

word icon Application form [55kb]

In order to make sure that the 100,000 samples are used fairly, we need to ensure that:

1. the blood samples are used only within the limits of what the respondents agreed they could be used for

2. the blood samples are analysed appropriately, and that the samples are likely to provide a useful result.

3. the limited resources of blood samples is distributed fairly and openly.

Please note that the consent excludes genetic and HIV testing, so applications for work in these areas will not be considered.

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