Collecting a finger-prick blood sample can be quick and easy, but if it is your first time it may seem a little daunting. There are some simple things you can do to help it go as smoothly as possible.
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Ensure you are well hydrated before attempting to take your test, as this can affect your blood flow. Try drinking a glass of water in the hour before you are planning to do the test.
- Check your kit.
Before taking your test, check the contents of your kit by laying out the items on a clean surface in front of you.
- Get your blood pumping.
Some activities may help to increase your blood flow, such as taking a warm shower. You could also try some gentle movement such as stretching or yoga, 10-star jumps or simply walking up and down the stairs.
- Choose (and clean!) a finger.
To collect your blood, we recommend using the side of your ring finger. After washing your hands in warm water, the alcohol wipe included in your kit is used to sanitise your chosen finger.
- Follow our simple steps.
The twelve step-by-step instructions found in your instruction leaflet will guide you through the process of blood collection.
- Use gravity.
If your blood does not flow easily, standing up may help. Gravity can help the blood to flow.
- Try a different finger.
If you have not collected enough blood to fill the tube to the upper line, you can try a different finger - but use a new lancet in this case.