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Baseline Health Check

The Baseline Health Check is a great way to get a snapshot of your overall health and wellbeing. It's an at-home blood test that provides insights into some of the most essential health markers including bone health, heart function, liver function, and energy levels.
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When do I take the test?
Collect your blood sample within 3 hours of waking and before food.
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What is a baseline blood test?

A baseline blood test is a general check of your health. Our Baseline Health Check looks at 23 key health markers related to your heart health, muscle and bone health, liver function, energy levels and nutritional health, giving you deeper insights into your overall wellbeing.

What can a baseline blood test detect?

A baseline blood test or general health check can detect a range of illnesses by checking high or low levels of hormones, vitamins and other markers. It could detect high cholesterol (which can cause heart disease), by checking your HDL and LDL levels, along with HDL ratio. You may also be able to understand the cause of symptoms such as low energy and fatigue (B12, Ferritin and Vitamin D), as well as, diabetes (HbA1c).

Do I need a baseline blood test?

If you’re curious about your health or want answers to why you feel a certain way, a baseline blood test is for you. Our doctors will be able to give you advice on how to improve your overall health once you’ve done the test such as changing your diet or taking supplements for deficiencies.

Frequently asked questions​

This is what our customers ask us most about this test. For more information, try our help centre.

  • How can I improve my health?

    Too often we take our health for granted, ignoring the fundamental areas of health that we should all be tracking and managing. The Baseline Health Check uses biomarkers across cholesterol, essential vitamins, hormones, HbA1c (average blood glucose), bone health, heart health, and liver & kidney health – allowing you to understand key biomarkers that are essential to spotting areas of risk and improvement.

    The average individual can optimise their health by eating a balanced diet low in ultra-processed foods, exercising, getting plenty of sleep and recovery, reducing their alcohol intake, and quitting smoking.

  • What vitamins are good for my health?

    The following vitamins are good for your health:

    • Vitamin A – keeps your heart, lungs, and other organs functioning well
    • Vitamin B complex – these vitamins help to convert proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy
    • Vitamin C – is essential to a correctly functioning immune system and aids in iron absorption
    • Vitamin D – is essential to bone health and a well functioning immune system
    • Vitamin E – helps to prevent blood clots, and ensures a well functioning immune system
    • Vitamin K – is essential to bone health and blood clotting
    • Calcium – ensures good bone health and teeth
    • Iron – essential for the healthy production of blood cells
    • Magnesium – is used in the formation of many enzymes
    • Zinc – is vital to immune health, normal growth, and development during pregnancy

  • What foods are good for my health?

    Diet plays an important role in our general health – we are what we eat. It is important to eat a balanced diet low in ultra-processed foods. Great diets – and great tasting include:

    • mediterranean diet
    • vegan diet (ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need)
    • low carb, whole food diet
    • gluten free diet
    • paleo diet

  • Can my physical health impact my mental health?

    Your physical health has an important impact on your mental health from feeling good about your physical appearance, having good energy levels, and ensuring your vitamins, minerals and hormones are well balanced to boost your mental health and quality of life.

  • How does the subscription work?

    When you purchase this product you will be given the option to sign up to a subscription every 3, 4, 6 or 12 months. Your next test will then be sent out automatically and your payment card will be billed. You can manage your subscription through your own personal dashboard where you view your results. You can change the frequency or cancel the subscription at any time.

  • How soon will the test arrive?

    If you order your test before midday on a Monday to Friday then your kit will be dispatched the same day. All our kits are sent out via Royal Mail first class post, so it should be with you within 1-2 working days.

  • Important information regarding corrected calcium

    Our labs have conducted stability validation on all the markers offered by Forth. Corrected Calcium has a shorter stability time than the majority of markers of around 2 – 3 days. Forth provides a Tracked 24 return envelope in all kits to return samples to the lab within 24 hours. In the majority of cases, samples are returned within the stability time. If a sample arrives outside this time, this result will not be provided to you.

  • How secure is my data?

    We have strict processes in place to ensure the protection of your data. Following GDPR the company also operates under tight legal rules about the sharing of data which ensures that data is only shared if it is crucial to the delivery of our service. For example, our doctors see customer results at the time of review, however, after review, access to results is withdrawn.

    Learn more about your data security.

  • Can I have someone take my blood for me?

    Yes. We offer two options if you do not want to do our finger prick test. The first is a home appointment where a nurse comes to your home to take a blood sample. The second is to visit a Phlebotomy clinic near you that offers a blood sample service.

    A blood sample will be taken from your vein and we will provide you with everything you need to give to the nurse to allow them to take the sample.

    The nurse will give you the blood sample to return to us using the pre-paid envelope provided.

  • Does a doctor review my results?

    We have a team of doctors and nurses who look at all results and will comment on any results that are outside of the normal range for your age.

  • Can I download the results to share with my GP?

    Yes, you can download your results from your health dashboard as a PDF to share with your GP.

    Learn how to export your results.

We are dedicated to supporting you on improving your health

Recommended by doctors

"A Baseline Health Check is a proactive step toward well-being. It provides a broad view of your health, detecting early signs of potential issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, or nutritional deficiencies. This knowledge empowers you to take timely actions, leading to better health, peace of mind, and a longer, more vibrant life."
Dr Thom Phillips

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What’s included in this test?

This is a subscription package which you can cancel at any time via your Health Dashboard. You can choose how often you’d like to receive a new test kit by selecting 3, 4, 6 or 12 months during checkout. Pause or change the frequency to suit your needs. 

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What gets tested?
  • Melanoma
  • Head and Neck
  • Salivary Gland
  • Thyroid
  • Lung
  • Breast
  • Liver
  • Biliary Tract
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Soft Tissue
  • Osteosarcomas
  • Mesothelioma
  • Urinary Tract
  • Gynaecological
  • Prostate
  • Thymus
  • Adrenal
  • Central Nervous System
  • Adenocarcinoma – Salivary Duct, Thyroid, Breast, lung, Oesophagus, Stomach, Duodenum, Jejunum, Ileum, Colon, Rectum, Pancreas, Gallbladder, Bile Duct, Liver, Ovary, Prostate, Uterus
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Buccal Mucosa, Hard Palate, Larynx, Lip, Oral Cavity, Paranasal Sinus, Pharynx, Pyriform Fossa, Retromolar Trigone, Soft palate, Tongue, Tonsil, Oesophagus, Lung, Penis, Cervix, Vulva, Vagina, Anorectal, Skin.
  • Adenosquamous Carcinoma – Oesophagus, Lung
  • Neuroendocrine – Lung, Oesophagus, Duodenum, Jejunum, lleum, Thymus, Adrenal, Pancreas, Prostate, Colon, Rectum
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma – Kidney
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma – Bladder, Renal Pelvis, Ureter
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal tumours – Stomach, Duodenum, Ileum, Jejunum, Colon, Rectum
  • Melanomas -Cutaneous, Mucosal
  • Mesothelioma – Plural, Peritoneal
  • Sarcomas – Carcinosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma, Leiomyosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Liposarcoma
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer – Lung
  • Glioma
Heart Health
  • hs-CRP

    C-reactive protein is produced by your liver in response to inflammation. High levels are caused by infection, disease and also poor lifestyle. Consistently high levels of CRP will increase your risk of heart disease.
  • HDL

    HDL or high-density lipoprotein is known as the ‘good’ type of cholesterol as it acts like a scavenger by removing excess cholesterol from your arteries. High levels of HDL are therefore good as it lowers your risk of developing heart disease.
  • LDL

    LDL or low-density lipoprotein is known as the ‘bad’ type of cholesterol as it deposits excess cholesterol on your artery walls which will increase your risk of heart disease.
  • Triglycerides

    Triglycerides are the main type of fat found in our bodies. Whilst fat is important in maintaining your energy levels, eat too much and it will be converted into triglycerides. A consistently high level will increase your risk of developing heart disease.
  • Total Cholesterol

    Total cholesterol is a measure of all the different types of cholesterol, both the good (HDL) and the bad (LDL and triglycerides) in your body. You should aim for a total cholesterol level of below 5.
  • HDL Ratio

    This is the percentage of good cholesterol you have in the body. It’s calculated by dividing your total cholesterol level with your HDL level. A result 20% or above is considered good.
  • Vitamin D (25 OH)

    Vitamin D is a vital nutrient that plays an essential role in many areas of your health. Vitamin D helps to regulate your immune system, maintain strong bones and muscles, and also supports your mood and energy levels. Although we can get some vitamin D from food, the main source is sunlight.
Nutritional Health
  • Active B12

    Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the formation of healthy red blood cells which helps to keep your immune system strong. It also helps to regulate your mood and gives you energy. A deficiency can therefore lead to low mood and fatigue.
  • Ferritin

    Ferritin is a protein that is responsible for storing iron and helps to keep the amount of iron in your body balanced. It is essential for the formation of healthy red blood cells and is also involved in immune function and energy production. Low levels of ferritin can cause both fatigue and mood disorders.
  • HbA1c

    HbA1c indicates the average concentration of glucose levels in your blood over the last 2-3 months. It is the gold standard test for checking your risk of pre-diabetes as well as management of type 2 diabetes.
  • Red Blood Cell Count (RBC)

    A red blood cell count will tell you how many red blood cells you have in your blood. The main role of red blood cells is to transport oxygen around the blood. It’s therefore important to keep your RBC within a healthy range. Low levels can indicate a form of anaemia which will make you feel tired and weak.