What you should know before visiting us:
Fasting and Taking Medication Before a Laboratory Test
Some blood tests require to be fasting (No food or Drink except water) for 12 – 14 hrs. These tests are mainly those related to glucose (glucose, OGTT, Glucagon, Glucose tolerance…) and Lipid Panel (Triglycerides, Cholesterol, LDL electrophoresis, Adiponectine, Leptin …). For other blood tests please refer to the lab for further information.
For all medications please refer to your physician, who is responsible to inform you whether you can take your medicines before sampling blood or it is preferable to wait until you draw blood.
How to Collect a Clean Midstream Urine Specimen for Urine Culture
The best urine specimens are those collected at morning, if not possible any clean random sample is acceptable. For urine cultures only mid-stream sterile samples are acceptable. If the specimen is given outside the laboratory the specimen should be delivered to lab within max 1 hour away from heat and sunlight during transportation.
How to Collect a 24 hrs Urine Specimen
24 hrs urine specimens are collected in a wide opening container as follows:
- On the first morning, before starting the collection, urinate in the toilet and flush away the first urine you pass.
- Write down the date and the time this was done, then the collection will start.
- Collect all urine you pass, day and night, including the one on the next day at the time the collection was started.
- Take care not to touch the urine with toilet paper. Germs in your toilet paper or other things make the urine unusable.
- The urine should be kept cool during the 24 hr hour period. This may be done by putting the container in a pan with ice.
- Give the urine container to you caregiver within 2 hrs after removing it from the ice bath.
- if you have any questions about the urine collection, call the laboratory on : 01/742135
How to Collect a Stool Sample
Stool samples should be collected in clean-dry cup, without previous antacids, oily laxatives, or anti-diarrheal medication intake before collecting the specimen. Don’t give a large quantity of stool, a small amount is sufficient. If the specimen is given outside the laboratory the specimen should be delivered to lab within max 1 hour away from heat and sunlight during transportation.
How to Collect a Sperm Specimen
Sperm specimens should be collected after a sexual abstinence period of about 3 days only because timing will affect the results accuracy. In a clean and sterile cup collect all the quantity of an ejaculate. The specimen should be delivered to lab within half an hour away from cold, heat and direct sunlight.
special tests Requirements
If a urine sample is required of urine cytology for 3 times, the specimens should be consecutive as mentioned above.
For PPD test: after performing the injection, you should return to laboratory within 48 – 72 hrs maximum to check the result.
General Questions Answered.
What Will Happen When You Arrive at the Laboratory?
- You will be required to provide the following information in order that it may be entered into your personal file: Your full name, father’s name, DOB, sex, address and telephone numbers. You must also inform the laboratory of any medication that you may be taking such as anticoagulant therapy or antibiotics. Furthermore, please tell the person dealing with you about any familial disorders that you may be aware of (such as diabetes, thalassemia, familial hypercholesterolemia…etc).
- If you have a medical coverage, the following is needed when you arrive to the laboratory:
- If you are covered by an insurance company:
- The valid original insurance card or copy of it according to you insurance company.
- A copy of your ID card or passport.
- A recently official request, stamped, signed and dated (date should not exceed 14 days between prescription date and exam date).
- If you are covered by the National Health Service (CNSS)
You must obtain an official CNSS form signed, stamped, dated by your physician and filled with requested tests
Please note that tests cannot be performed if the above requirements are not met
How Can You Obtain Your Results?
- Results can be collected from the laboratory once they are completed.
- Results can be faxed or emailed to you or your physician by prior arrangement.
- You may obtain your results by logging onto our website using your assigned user name and password.
- Please note that we don’t give results on phone
What Should You inquire for CNSS and insurance coverage?
- For insurance coverage:
- The valid original insurance card or copy of it according to you r insurance company.
- A copy of your ID card or passport.
- An official request showing the needed blood tests and report, stamped, signed and dated (date should not exceed 14 days between prescription date and exam date).
- For COOP and CNSS coverage:
If you are covered by the National Health Service (CNSS) or COOP, you must obtain an official form signed, stamped, dated by your physician and filled with requested tests.