Written by Hayley Bromfield • Published 13th August 2019 • 3 minute read

From cholesterol and blood pressure to DNA and STIs there is now a home testing kit available for a multitude of medical queries. HOME testing is more popular than ever, and pharmacies now sell an array of diagnostic medical devices that could help you to take your wellbeing into your own hands.

Whether it’s long waiting times at your GP surgery, or a set of embarrassing symptoms that you’re too shy to get checked out, there are plenty of reasons why people might choose to cut out middleman (or woman) and check themselves at home.

We check out the businesses leading the way in the medical arena and providing consumers with easy, accessible medically approved testing kits.

23 and me

The home-based saliva collection kit that promises to find out your ancestry, health and DNA make up without all the needles and blood usually required by your doctor’s service. 23 and Me offer several services that customers can partake from the comfort of their home. They pride themselves on a simple three step service. Simply choose the kit for you which typically arrives within 3-5 days. Follow the instructions and register for you kit to be collected and mailed back to their specialist lab. Finally discover within 3-5 weeks your bespoke dedicated online report and find out what your DNA says about you.

Yorktest Laboratories

With over 35 years of diagnostic testing Yorktest Laboratories pride themselves as the leading provider of food and drink specific IgG antibody testing programmes. In the UK alone according to the Food Standards Agency an estimated two million people live with a diagnosed food allergy so identifying individuals needs have never been so important. Yorktest Laboratories test over 208 foods and provide customers with actional information to help optimize their diet and wellbeing. Check out their tests today whether its IBS, for your children or you want to reach your perfect weight they have a kit for everyone.

Cerascreen

Cerascreen is the home testing kit provider who offers health diagnosis, advice and care from a single source. Through their simple blood return test draws a result by utilizing the data form a supplementary questionnaire couple with the experience gleaned from thoughts of tests conducted over the last 10 years. Their professionals also provide each customer with clear results that have important information and personalised recommendations to improve health. Their popular vitamin, hormone, mineral and food tolerance tests allow you to find out your health status from the comfort of your own home.

ThyroScreen

Manufactured by Personal Diagnostics Ltd the self-testing kit helps to detect underactive thyroid activity. ThyroScreen only takes 10 minutes to complete and contains the equipment to collect a small drop of blood from the individual’s finger, of which the test is performed. The kit tests the amount of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) also known as thyrotropin, in the blood. The home testing kit doesn’t measure the exact level of TSH, only whether it is ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ prompting the individual to seek further medical advice.

SELFCheck

SELFCheck is a growing range of self-test medical test kits from 1st Health Products Ltd. Providing customers with validated medical tests that are easy to use and accessible is their number one priority. SELFCheck have several home testing kits but their Prostate Health Test is one available for men who want to check their PSA levels. Prostate cancer remains the number one cause of cancer in men and, given that the UK has an ageing population, this is unlikely to change. Men are advised to carry out PSA examinations and screening annually from the age of 50-60 onwards and, where there is family history of prostate disease, it may be wise to undertake screening sooner. The easy to use at home test detects raised levels of a protein Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) associated with abnormalities associated with the prostate gland.

LetsGetChecked

Getting tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is straightforward and confidential, but many people put off going to the clinic to get things checked because of embarrassment.

LetsGetChecked provide convenient, confidential and accurate health testing for women and men with online results available within a matter of days. With a wide range of tests on offer, LetsGetChecked allows you to activate your test and collect your sample on the morning, return the same day with your prepaid shipping label and within 2-5 days receive your confidential results. An easy way to manage your health, their team of nurses are available 24/7 to provide you with the best medical advice to suit your needs.

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