This is an important test that measures the level of cobalt and chromium in the blood.

Venous blood
2 tests included
6 days turnaround



About Hip-check

What is a hip check?

A hip check assesses the level of cobalt and chromium in the blood. These metals are used in metal hip replacements and the presence in the blood indicates a failing hip replacement. Cobalt and chromium are heavy metals found in the natural environment. Whilst cobalt and chromium are essential trace elements for humans, exposure to high amounts can be harmful. A local build-up of cobalt and chromium around the hip joint causes inflammation, bone loss and tissue damage. If the metals enter the bloodstream, organs such as the brain and heart may be damaged.

Why take the test?

This test measures the level of cobalt and chromium in the blood and can be used to monitor the release of heavy metals from hip replacements.


What's tested

Trace Metals

How it works



Order your kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.



Take your test and post

Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.



Get results directly to your dashboard

You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.