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Finger Prick vs. Venous Blood Tests – Which Is Better?

Amish Patel - November 16, 2022 - 0 comments

As people are becoming more health conscious there’s been a steep rise in health monitoring. One of the best ways to do this is through blood testing to get a picture of your current health.

However, there are different ways to get your blood tested – so how do you know which one to do? We’ve taken a closer look at two of the most popular ways: at-home finger prick tests and venous tests from private blood testing clinics such as Intrigue Health which has locations across London.

So, if you’re wondering if the finger prick blood test or the venous blood test is better, keep reading.


What are they?

Finger-prick blood tests allow you to take your own blood sample at home using store-bought or online-purchased test kits. To administer the test, you pierce the tip of your finger with a simple device and collect the blood in the vial. You then send it off to be analyzed at a lab.

Pros and Cons of Finger Prick Blood Tests

  • Simple to use
  • Inferior Sample quality
  • Compromising of the blood sample during transportation to the lab facility
  • Can be messy to do at home
  • Unstable and sometimes unreliable technology The current technologies still have issues that can cause failures.


What are they?

Venous blood tests are the best way to get an accurate test result. It’s the best way to test your health because it produces the highest quality results and is the gold standard for private blood testing in Longfield and our other Intrigue Health branches in London.

How do they work?

A venous blood test involves a trained phlebotomist using a needle to draw blood from a vein in your arm. Venous blood gives a clear example of all the cells, biomarkers, and proteins circulating in your blood, making it the gold standard for most routine laboratory testing.

Visit any of our Intrigue Health branches to avail of our professional services for private blood testing in Gravesend, Longfield, or any of our locations near you.

Pros and Cons of Venous Blood Tests

  • Sample quality is superior since it is taken by a trained healthcare professional
  • More accurate results
  • Able to test for all the necessary biomarkers.
  • Inconvenient to go to a clinic to have blood drawn

Appointments for blood testing in Dartford with our trained phlebotomists just take 15 minutes and can be booked at any of our convenient Intrigue Health locations at a time that works for you.

When it comes to something as important as measuring your health, trust Intrigue Health for your blood testing in Kent and all our other branches.

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