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Can self test kits be easily used by laypersons?

Thursday 11th March 2021
Dr John Rees

SUMMARY Out of 5,313 SELFCheck blood test users, 99.4% did not report any issues using their self test kit. A minority of users (0.58%) reported issues mostly concerning the use of an automatic lancet or collecting the blood drop. Some users were unaware that the reason for test failure was inadequate technique or unknowingly misinterpreting the instructions for use. The high level of usability was attributed to the clinical grade quality of components, clear instructions, and access to professional customer support. INTRODUCTION Self test kits such as SELFCheck, which require a finger prick blood sample, have become increasingly available to help diagnose a range of medical conditions. In the UK, self test kits are strictly regulated in the same way as hospital laboratory…

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Well launches SELFCheck self-testing kits

Monday 1st February 2021
SELFCheck

We are pleased to welcome Well pharmacy as the latest retail chain selling SELFCheck self-test kits in the United Kingdom. Well, formerly known as The Co-operative Pharmacy, is the largest independent pharmacy business and the third largest overall pharmacy chain after Boots UK and Lloyds Pharmacy with 760 stores. It is also the largest pharmacy chain in Wales and has an online store www.well.co.uk. As well as making sure patients get their NHS prescriptions quickly and easily, their expert pharmacists are on hand to provide patients with advice and support for their health needs. The SELFCheck range includes simple, reliable and fast home test kits including tests for bowel cancer (FIT), female chlamydia, coeliac disease (gluten sensitivity), urine infections and a drugs…

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Medical self tests are strictly regulated in the UK

Thursday 10th December 2020

Self-test kits can help prompt you to speak with your doctor sooner than you might have. The UK regulations ensure that you can trust that your self-test; has been independently evaluated and approved by the regulatorsuses the same scientific principles as those used in hospital laboratoriesis safe, giving reliable results and follow up informationhas been designed and evaluated to be easy to use by most peoplethat the proportion of false positive and false negative results is acceptable to doctors and equivalent to hospital lab testscomponents are high quality and fit for purpose eg. lancets and pipettes are the same as those used in hospitalswas developed and manufactured in laboratories certified to international standards for medical devices (ISO13485:2016) Always check that your self-test kit…

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SELFCheck joins Welsh Government Trade Mission in Dusseldorf

Friday 13th November 2020
JR Biomedical Ltd

The SELFCheck range of self-testing kits will be presented at the world's largest trade fair for medical devices next week - MEDICA 2020. JR Biomedical, who assemble the rapid self test devices at their ISO13485 certified laboratories, will be part of the Welsh Government trade mission alongside 12 other Welsh companies showcasing a range of products and services including cutting edge medical technology, diagnostic testing and single use medical equipment. MEDICA will be a little different this year, usually in Dusseldorf, Germany, the exhibition will be solely online due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions. The SELFCheck range is currently supplied through retail pharmacy chains in the UK including Lloyds Pharmacy, Superdrug and Well Pharmacy. As well as lateral flow rapid tests for consumer use,…

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Self testing - on the verge of a new normal

Wednesday 21st October 2020
JR Biomedical Ltd

As we enter the second wave of COVID-19 in the UK, increased pressures will once again be placed on NHS health screening programmes as well as primary and secondary care. Providing that the safety and reliability of self tests can be guaranteed, could greater access to medical self testing kits contribute to a 'new normal' in healthcare? The advantages of self testing are clear; results at home within minutes with appropriate follow-up advice, empowering individuals to make proactive decisions for their health. Self test kits also provide an additional route towards traditional NHS pathways for patients who may be too embarrassed to speak with their doctor in the first place or are unable to arrange an appointment due to work…

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SELFCheck Pharmacy Training Guide 2020

Tuesday 20th October 2020

Our guide for pharmacists on how to help your patients get the most from their SELFCheck tests is now available to download here. Further information is available for each specific product located on the 'Products' tab in the main menu. If you have any specific questions about SELFCheck and UK pharmacy please contact us.

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David Hart (Santo) Ltd to supply independent pharmacists with SELFCheck

Thursday 17th September 2020

It is not often practical for independent pharmacists to order SELFCheck products by the case and are missing out on the increasing demand for self test kits in the UK. To address these issues, independent pharmacists can now order smaller quantities of SELFCheck self test kits from David Hart (Santo) Ltd. SELFCheck is a range of simple to use home tests that meet the UK medical device regulations (IVDD 98/79EC) and are assembled at ISO13485 and ISO9001 certified laboratories based at Glyndwr University, OpTIC Technology Centre in North Wales. The current range of SELFCheck self test kits includes; allergy (immunoglobulin E)diabetes (blood glucose)FIT bowel cancer screeningcholesterolfemale chlamydiacoeliac disease (gluten sensitivity)menopause (FSH)drug testingpregnancy blood testprostate (PSA)stomach ulcer (H pylori)thyroid (TSH)urine infection (leucocytes, nitrite, protein) All…

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Do you have an allergy?

Wednesday 5th August 2020
Dr John Rees

The UK has one of the highest rates of allergies in the entire world. Allergies can range in severity from mild hay fever symptoms for a few days during the summer to life threatening allergic reactions. There have been many reasons proposed for why we have such a high rate of allergies in the UK with around 40% reporting allergy related symptoms. Allergies are often the triggers for asthma, eczema and symptoms of hay fever as well as life threatening anaphylactic reactions to foods and drugs. Whether we get allergies depends mostly on our genes. If both your parents have an allergy then the risk of you having allergies too can be as high as 80%. These genetic risks together with…

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Using a SELFCheck Blood Test is Easy

Thursday 2nd July 2020
JR Biomedical Ltd

All SELFCheck self test kits are manufactured and assembled according to a stringent medical quality system (ISO13485) and have been independently evaluated by scientific and clinical experts to check that the tests are easy to use and give reliable results by anyone at home. Even if you are a healthcare professional, and are familiar with using point of care blood tests, it is essential that you read the instructions provided with the test as medical tests from one manufacturer to another often vary in the way they are to be used. Providing you follow the instructions as written you should find that the test is easy to use and gives you a result in minutes. The video below shows one of our colleagues…

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Reasons for 'invalid' self test results

Wednesday 24th June 2020
SELFCheck

Invalid test results are extremely rare and almost always due to the instructions not being followed as written. The photo here shows a test cassette where not enough blood has been added and an invalid result. It is a legal requirement in the UK and EU that all self test kits undergo user trials with lay persons as part of the independent scientific and clinical checks to show that most people find the instructions easy to follow and can interpret the results correctly. Only if the results of these trials are positive is a self test kit allowed to be sold to the general public (IVD Directive 98/79EC). All batches of SELFCheck self test kits are manufactured and assembled in ISO13485 certified…

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