Prepare for your Tests


While the majority of Pathlab tests are straightforward, there are some that require some prior preparation from you.

Failure to follow these instructions may result in being asked to come back to the laboratory on another day to have the tests done.


Fasting

Your Doctor has requested a blood test that requires you to be fasting. Fasting means that you eat and drink nothing except water for 8-12 hours prior to your test.

  • During your fast it is advisable to drink water to prevent dehydration but no other fluids. This includes coffee, tea, juice, alcohol, lemonade.
  • Do not eat anything, this includes chewing gum and lollies (including sugar free varieties).
  • Do not smoke during the fasting period.
  • Continue to take any medication with water unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Specific Test Instructions


24 Hour Urine

Detect how much of a particular substance (e.g. calcium, sodium, hormones) your body passes in urine.

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Chlamydia / Gonorrhoea Urine

Examine the urine for the presence of Chlamydia / Gonorrohea infection

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Cytology Urine (Bay of Plenty)

Examine the urine for the presence of abnormal cells. Bay of Plenty specific instructions.

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Cytology Urine (Waikato)

Examine the urine for the presence of abnormal cells. Waikato specific instructions.

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Helicobacter Faeces

Examine the faeces for the presence of Helicobacter Pylori bacteria.

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Parasite, Culture, and Rotavirus Faeces

Examine the faeces to detect the presence of abnormal microbes.

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Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT)

Investigation for the symptoms of carbohydrate metabolism, such as diabetes.

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Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test

Examine the breath to determine if Helicobacter Pylori bacterium are present in the stomach.

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Mid Stream Urine

Examine the urine to check for infection.

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Polycose Screen

Screening for gestational diabetes.

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Seminal Fluid

Examination of seminal fluid for fertility or post vasectomy.

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Sputum Collection

Collection of sputum for laboratory analysis.

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