This year improving my health has been a top priority for me. Thriva recently got in touch to ask if I would like to test one of their home health blood test kits. They also very kindly offered an extra test to give away to one of my readers, make sure you read until the end to find out how to enter the giveaway.
As a Type 2 diabetic I regularly have my blood checked as I’m at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and a number of other conditions. With Thriva I was able to perform a quick finger prick test, send of the sample and receive my results within 48 hours. No having to wait for an appointment or visit the doctors.
Founded in 2016, Thriva offer a subscription based service that’s all about preventative healthcare. There are three different subscription packages to choose from, Essential, Baseline and Advanced. Thriva also offer Thyroid testing too. You can choose how often you want to be sent a test and are free to cancel at anytime.
How It Works
Once you receive your package you do a simple finger-prick test from the comfort of your home. Post the sample off then wait for your results which you will arrive within 48 hours. Thriva use accredited labs and methods to test your blood the same as the NHS do. Your results are always reviewed by a UK qualified doctor too.
I was sent the Baseline kit which checks your cholesterol, liver function, Iron profile, B12 (total) and Vitamin D. This normally costs £49 but if you use the discount code WEBSTERLAND you can get 50% off your first Baseline or Advanced kit. The kit arrived with everything I needed to perform the test, it includes:
Lancet x 3
Collection tube label
Protective plastic wallet
Return form & pre-paid mailer
Inside the kit I also found an instruction leaflet with simple and clear instructions to follow. There is also a tips video you can watch that I found really helpful too.
I waited until first thing in the morning to take the test as it’s suggested that you fast for at least 8 hours before collecting your sample.
Pricking my finger was easy using the lancet and relatively painless. I then filled the collection tube to the required line and popped the lid back on. My blood flowed easily enough to fill the tube but there are spare lancets should you need to prick your finger again.
I filled in my information on the collection tube label and stuck it around the tube, then I secured it in the protective plastic wallet provided.
Collecting your sample should be done between Monday and Friday and posted the same day. I sent my sample off on Tuesday morning and received a text to say they had been received the following morning. My results were ready by Wednesday afternoon which is super impressive.
I logged into my dashboard to find really detailed but easy to understand results. The doctor had explained my results in a way that I could understand and provided suggestions about the areas I needed to improve. The results also confirmed that my vitamin D and B12 levels were slightly low which is something I already suspected. I also need to reduce my cholesterol but there were some really good ideas included in my results to help me achieve this.
I really like the idea of being able to test my blood at home and get the results really quickly. This service is something I would definitely use again if I had a health concern or just wanted a check up. It’s given me the motivation to get on with reducing my cholesterol through diet and exercise and making the necessary lifestyle changes to get myself back to optimum health.
If you would like win a Baseline kit for yourself then you can enter the giveaway below using the gleam app. Make sure you pop back daily for an extra bonus entry. Have a read the terms and conditions and best of luck with your entry.
Terms & Conditions
- Entrants must be over 18 years old.
- Open to UK entries only.
- The Closing date is 04.09.2018 11.59pm.
- The prize is a Thriva Baseline kit as stated above.
- The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and contacted by email.
- The winner has 14 days to respond failure to do so will result in a new winner being selected.
- Winner must allow 28 working days for delivery of prize.
Disclosure: I was sent the Thriva Baseline kit free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.