Your liver is one of your body’s most essential organs. It helps eliminate waste, regulates your hormones, and converts food into energy.
A liver blood test (formerly known as a liver function blood test) helps you learn how your diet and lifestyle affect your liver health. Plus, find out how to support your liver with personalised advice recommended by our GPs in a detailed report.
An abnormal result isn’t always a problem — many things can cause this. But sometimes, it can suggest liver disease. If you have any liver disease symptoms, your results might need further investigation. The bottom line is to remember that a normal result doesn't always rule out liver disease.
A liver blood test (formerly known as liver function test) measures your bilirubin, alkaline phosphate, Gamma-GT, total protein, albumin, globulin, and alanine transferase (ALT). Measuring these things can help check your liver health and also check for signs of inflammation or damage.
Your test kit contains everything you need to collect your sample at home. Our instructions will guide you through it.
Free post your sample to our lab and get your results in 48 hours. Access your GP-reviewed report in your results dashboard.
Our doctors give you evidence-based tips to help you support your liver health. And you can access articles, podcasts, and recipes.
How to prepare for your test
Avoid heavy exercise 48 hours before doing your liver blood test. This includes anything that might make your muscles sore. We recommend this to avoid affecting your test results.
Why has the name of this blood test changed?
A liver blood test was formerly known as a liver function test or LFT. The name has changed to reflect new guidance from the British Liver Trust, reporting that a liver blood test can’t diagnose or rule out liver disease when analysed on its own.
When doing this blood test, one of our reporting GPs will review your:
• previous liver blood test results (if you have any)
• health profile
• body mass index (BMI)
• alcohol consumption
How does your subscription work?
Your blood test arrives every 3 months. You can change your subscription and how often you’d like a test on your account dashboard. We’ll remind you that payment is due 3 days before your kit arrives. And you can pause, change, or cancel at any time.
Your data is in safe hands, we use the latest encryption technologies and continually assess our GDPR compliance.
What's included in your home testing kit?
Your Thriva test kit includes:
- collection tube(s)
- plaster x 2
- return form x 1
- alcohol swab x 1
- lancet x 3
- prepaid envelope x 1
- cleansing wipe x 1
- collection tube label(s)
- protective plastic case x 1
How to collect your sample at home
Learn how to collect your finger-prick blood sample at home by following our instructions. You can access these on the app too. It takes around 30 minutes to complete the process at home.
Will a GP write your report?
Our doctors review your blood test results and upload a detailed report to your account dashboard. They also give you advice to help support your health or manage an existing condition.
How long does it take to get your results?
Understanding your health should be quick and easy. That’s why our doctors share your results within 48 hours. And you can access your data at any time.
How do you know when your results are ready?
We’ll email or text you to let you know your blood samples have been received, processed, and are ready to view on your results dashboard.