Collecting your sample
After you've taken your sample, it's time to prepare it to send back to the lab for analysis.
Make sure you've labelled your tube(s) and popped them in the plastic tube containers. Then place those, and your completed return form into the prepaid envelope.
You should post your sample back on the same day you took it. If you're unable to do this, make sure you store the samples at room temperature and pop them in the post the very next day.
It’s best to post your sample back on a weekday (Monday — Friday) to avoid longer delays over the weekend.
Post your sample via a priority postbox. You can find your nearest one here. These postboxes are collected most frequently.
Once the lab receives your sample, we'll email you to let you know. They'll analyse it — then the results will be uploaded to your Thriva dashboard. We'll let you know once this has been done too!
What happens after I receive my results?
When the lab have processed your results, one of our GPs will review them and create your report. Then you'll receive an email to let you know your results are available on your Thriva dashboard.
There, you can see your results, more information on what each one means, a trend graph for each result, and your reporting GP's comments.
As you do more tests, your results will be compared over time — so you can see if your results are changing and what the reasons might be.
Your results are safely stored in your Thriva dashboard — so you can view them any time.
Understanding your results
What does it mean if my result is "optimal"?
It's a good thing! Optimal ranges are evidence-based ranges that are linked to better health and longevity (living longer). Check out more info on optimal ranges.
What happens if my result is "abnormal"?
An abnormal result is one that's too high or too low for your age and sex. These can come up for lots of reasons. Your report will include:
information on what the result means
reasons why your result might be abnormal
guidance and advice on how to get this result back in a normal range
whether you need to discuss your result with your GP.
There's no need to worry, we'll make it really clear if this is the case.
Can I download or get a printout of my results?
Hint: Yes! Here's how to share results with your GP.
Simply click here to find your current and past test results in a lab certified PDF format.
You can then download them or print these off if you'd like to.
I’m colour blind — how will I interpret my results?
Thriva is working to become the world’s first preventative health service, and we want everyone to be a part of that journey
We understand if you’re colour blind it can be difficult to interpret the green and red results ranges on your Thriva dashboard. So we now have a primary button colour that meets level AAA web accessibility standards (the highest level of web accessibility).
We’re also working on our colour palettes to make our website and results even more easily accessible to view for everyone.
If you're struggling to read your results — drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org where we’d be happy to help you.
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