At-home health MOT
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Before you use the At-Home Health MOT

You should set aside around 20 minutes to complete the whole process, especially if it’s your first time taking a blood sample at home. It’s also important to stay well hydrated before taking the test to avoid any fainting or dizziness.

Seeing the sight of your own blood can also make some people feel dizzy or faint. If you think this could happen to you, we advise taking the test in a comfortable, safe environment and ask someone to assist you in taking your sample.

How to use the At-Home Health MOT

  1. First, check that you’ve received the components listed on the back of your At-Home Health MOT instruction sheet (provided with your At-Home Health MOT).

  2. Complete the form and vial labels provided. These must be returned with the blood sample in the return pre-paid postage envelope.

  3. Remove the blood collection vials from the clamshell.

  4. Position the vial you intend to fill into the groove on the clamshell (a diagram is provided in the At-Home Health MOT instruction sheet).

  5. Wash your hands in warm water for four minutes (40℃ is ideal) and dry them afterwards. You can also shake your hands for a few seconds at waist height to help encourage the required blood flow.

  6. Wipe your chosen finger (one of the middle three is best) with the alcohol wipe provided and allow it to air dry.

  7. Twist off the blue tab from the end of the lancet. Place the exposed hole of the lancet on your fingertip at a slight angle. Press the lancet against your finger and the blade will prick your finger and return inside the device. Gently apply pressure to the area around the cut and use the alcohol wipe to wipe away the first drop of blood.

  8. Next, fill the vials provided in the kit.

  9. If you can’t get enough blood from your finger to properly fill a vial, then repeat the procedure with a different finger.

  10. After you’ve filled the vial, gently press the alcohol wipe onto the wound to stem the flow of blood. You can also use the plaster provided.

  11. Replace the correct lid onto the vial and apply the completed labels, making sure all the details are correct.

Returning your sample

  1. Pack the vial into the clamshell as originally provided and firmly close the lid.

  2. Pack the clamshell with the completed request form into the pre-paid envelope and seal it. Post the same day or following morning, ideally between Monday and Thursday.

For further information, check out our video How do you take an at home blood test? and our blog 10 tips to help you take a finger tip blood test.

In case of an urgent medical problem, please contact NHS 111 via or by calling 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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