This site has been optimized to work with modern browsers and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer.

Blood sample instructions

Before you start

How to use your self-test kit

Step 1

Wash your hands with warm water for 1 minute (it helps if your hands are warm). Make sure they are dried properly.

Step 2

Remove the blood tube from the protective case and take off the yellow lid. Ensure the protective case is closed and push the blood tube into the hole in the corner of the case (so it stands up).

Step 3

Clean your finger with the alcohol wipe and allow to dry (you may get best results starting with your middle or ring finger).

Step 4

Twist and pull the coloured tip off the lancet – then discard it.

Step 5

Place the tip of the lancet firmly against the tip of your finger and push down the button on the top. This will prick your finger. If the lancet does not work, try another.

Step 6

Stand over the blood tube, keep your arm straight and firmly massage down your finger to allow the blood to flow and collect in the tube.

Step 7

Continue until the tube is filled up to the top ‘600 line’. If you do not collect enough blood, repeat using another lancet on a different finger.

Step 8

Apply a plaster to your finger.

Step 9

Push the cap firmly onto the tube until you hear a click. Invert the tube five times to mix.

Step 10

Place your blood tube back into the protective case.

Step 11

Log into your PHR app: you must record each test you are sending back – if you do not do this, your samples WILL NOT be processed.

If we sent have you a replacement kit because you had difficulties with your first blood test, you must still follow this step.

Step 12

Put all your samples in the clear sample bag and seal tightly by pulling off the foil seal. Place the sample bag back into the box and then into the prepaid envelope.

Getting your results

See test results.

Disposal of waste items

Any waste items can be placed into general household waste – do not flush down the toilet.

Contact details

If you have questions about using the kit, please contact us.