What all investigations require fasting?

The nutrients in the food and beverages you consume are absorbed into your blood stream and could impact factors measured by certain tests.

Common investigations requiring fasting:
  • Lipid Profile – 10-12 Hours
  • Blood Sugar Fasting – 8 Hours
  • Insulin Fasting – 8 Hours
  • Serum iron studies (preferably) - 8 hours
  • Ultrasound – Whole abdomen, Upper abdomen

Do I have to come fasting for HbA1c Test?(Glycosylated Hemoglobin )

Fasting is not required for HbA1c test. Patient can give sample any time.

Should I stop taking the medicine before blood tests?

If you’re having a blood test to check whether your medication is working, in most cases you should carry on taking your medicine. For example,

  • Medicines to lower cholesterol level (Statins),
  • Anti-diabetic medicine
  • Antihypertensive
  • Thyroid / Antithyroid drugs

When to stop taking a medicine?

You should never stop taking prescribed medication, unless you’re advised to do so by your GP or the healthcare professional responsible for your care. However, in some cases, you may need to stop taking a medicine before a blood test.

For example, if you're having an amylase test for pancreatic enzyme deficiency, some medication may cause your amylase levels to rise. These include corticosteroids, indomethacin and opiates (such as morphine and codeine).

How should one collect a urine sample?

  • Urine sample should always be collected in the sterile clean container.
  • Before collecting the sample, the patient has to clean the surrounding area (genitals).
  • First morning sample, midstream sample is ideal.
For 24-hour urine sample:

Empty your bladder when you first get up in the morning. DISCARD this Urine. Save All Urine for next 24 hours in a sterile container (including the first morning sample of next day) Urine should be preserved at 4-6°C.

What are the pre-requisites for Triple Marker test?

Patient can give a blood sample at any time. Further, patient should provide following information:

  • Exact Date Of Birth Of Patient
  • Weight In Kg
  • Height In Cms
  • Exact Date Of Last Menstrual Period
  • Latest Usg Report

What are the precautions to be takenbefore collecting semen sample?

Before submitting, keep the following in mind:

  • Abstinence Should Be Ensured For 2-5 Days.
  • Any Contraceptive Like Condom Should Not Be Used.

How to collect the sputum sample?

  • Sputum Should Be Coughed From Deep In The Chest Into The Plastic Collection Bottle.
  • A Hot Drink Or Breathing Deeply Over A Steam Vessel May help induce Sputum.
  • Ideally, 3 Sputum Specimens On 3 Consecutive Days should be collected for adequate screening.

What are the documents required for CGHS beneficiaries to get tested?

For CGHS Working beneficiaries:

Documents required:

  • Original Valid CGHS card
  • Doctor's prescription with sign & stamp of doctor.

The tests would be performed at CGHS rates and payment would have to be made before the time of investigations. A receipt would be provided for payment made, which on submission in respective offices would help in getting the reimbursement.

For CGHS Retired beneficiaries, documents required:
  • Copy of valid CGHS card,
  • Copy of doctor’s prescription with doctor's sign & stamp in which the mentioned tests are prescribed