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LONG waiting times to see GPs and more public confidence in home testing kits have contributed to an increase in sales at a supplier.

Test Your Intolerance, of Castle Donington, supplies a range of allergy, intolerance and health tests using blood or urine samples.

The business is one of a growing number providing services traditionally done by the NHS.

Test Your Intolerance said last month the business processed 12,912 tests, compared with 6,385 in January 2022.

Turnover for its latest financial year was £3.5 million, compared with £2.75 million in 2021. A spokeswoman said: “Figures for this year are even higher, but they are not at a year end until September.”

Cris West, who runs Test Your Intolerance with Jason Wootton, said: “We have never been busier and this January we tested more samples than ever before. This is almost certainly because the NHS is in crisis and people can’t get an appointment to see their GP, never mind the ability to ask for a blood test. “Our own research, innovation and laboratory place us at the forefront of our industry and we are proud to give people invaluable information about their bodies that can potentially change their lives for the better.”

The business, which has been running for 14 years, also supplies kidney and liver function tests, as well as prostate health tests and a kit that measures Vitamin D levels. It has released a menopause kit which allows women to tests for elevated levels of follicle stimulating hormone – a sign they have started going through the menopause.

Cris said: “Our tests are clinically proven and because people have more faith in carrying out self-testing, as they did during Covid, there is increased confidence in the kits we produce. “The majority of our tests are identical to those used by medical professionals, which means presenting your GP with evidence of an allergy or intolerance will place you a step nearer to suitable medication, or an appointment with a specialist.

An image of the Leicester Mercury article written above.