Is the finger prick test as effective as a venous sample do you think? I know from work (as a paramedic) that sweat for example can affect some measurements.
Don’t want to waste money on a finger prick test if it’ll give my GP an excuse to disregard the results.
Thank you in advance.
If the fingerprick test is done as per instructions, there is no problem. I have done a fingerprick and GP test within 2 days of each other, under the same conditions (same time early morning - 9am, fasting and leaving off Levo for 24 hours). The results were virtually identical.
The instructions tell you to wash your hands beforehand, there are alcohol wipes included in the kit, and a supply of new lancets, so there is nothing to contaminate the sample if you follow instructions.
But, if you have any concerns, as a paramedic could any of your colleagues in the health service do a venous blood draw for you?
Thank you - that’s great to know. Yes, they certainly could but not sure that’s allowed sadly.
My GP generously allowed me one T3 test but no more, and would not entertain Reverse T3 so I’ll be getting private tests once I get paid.
I doubt that an NHS employer can concern itself with one friend with the necessary skills to draw blood, drawing blood from another friend in their own time, at their behest and with their consent. It's nothing to do with the NHS so long as it's outside working hours and not using NHS supplies.