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Blood Sample Collection

Can I send my sample during a Bank Holiday?

If you have been asked to collect your sample on a specific day of your cycle e.g. day 3, 14, 21 but lands on a Friday, we recommend you collect your sample the day before (Thursday). If your required day falls over the weekend, collect your sample on the following Monday and remember to post in a priority post box in time for that day’s collection.

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Do You Have An Instruction Video?

Collecting a finger-prick blood sample is a quick and easy process providing you follow the correct technique. This form of blood testing is new to most people, so we’ve created a simple ‘how to’ video to help you get it right. If you follow our tips our lab will have

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How Do I Reschedule My Phlebotomy Appointment?

In the instance you need to reschedule your clinic appointment please call the telephone number within the order confirmation email as soon as you possibly can. If you need to cancel your home phlebotomy appointment, please contact our phlebotomy partner on the same telephone number that your appointment was arranged on.

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What’s The Difference Between Clinic Appointments And Home Appointments?

For clinic appointments we will dispatch a phlebotomy test kit which will contain everything required for a healthcare professional to collect your sample via a vein. For home appointments a nurse will be arranged to come to your home to collect your sample. We dispatch a phlebotomy test kit to your home address so this is readily available for the appointment. 

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How Is My Blood Sample Collected?

There are two methods of blood sample collection, finger prick and phlebotomy. Most of our tests use a finger prick blood sample collection, but others that require a larger sample of blood use a phlebotomy blood sample collection method.

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Can I Get My Blood Taken At A Clinic?

Our finger prick blood test kits include everything you need to take your sample and send it back to our lab. Including lancets, test tubes, sterilising wipes, plasters, lab request form and a pre-paid envelope for you to return your sample to our lab.

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When Should I Collect My Blood Sample?

A phlebotomy blood sample (also known as venous) is where the blood is collected from the vein. A finger prick blood test (also known as capillary) is one that is collected from the finger using a lancet that pricks the finger with a small, sharp needle.

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What Is A Phlebotomy Test?

Phlebotomy means that the blood sample is drawn directly from a vein and must be done by a qualified healthcare professional. Some of our largest tests such as Ultimate and Vitality require a larger sample of blood so can only be done by a phlebotomy blood sample.

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Are Finger Prick Tests Easy To Do?

Essentially yes, anyone can collect the sample required easily and quickly providing they follow the instructions given. Our finger prick kits contain 3-4 small lancets that pierce the skin. You may need to gently massage your finger to help the droplets of blood form and drop into the tube. There are a few more tips that you can follow to help you collect your sample successfully.

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What is included in my phlebotomy test kit?

Our phlebotomy test kits include everything required by the nurse to take your blood sample using a syringe. If you have ordered the COVID-19 antibody test, the nurse will arrive with the tube and syringe to collect your sample, you will receive the lab request form, plastic case, and returns envelope.

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How Do I Arrange A Phlebotomy Draw Myself?

To arrange a phlebotomy draw yourself, you will need to contact your GP or local health clinic and book an appointment. We will post a phlebotomy kit directly to you when your place your order which will contain everything the health professional will need to do the blood draw.

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