"Fasting" means you:

  1. Should not eat food 12 hours before the sample is taken.
  2. Should not drink beverages (other than water) during the 12 hour period.
  3. Should not use mints, cough drops, or throat lozenges during the 12 hour period.
  4. Should not smoke or excerise at least 24 hours before the test


However, you:

  1. Are permitted to drink water during the 12 hours before the sample is taken.
  2. Should take precribed medications during the 12 hour period (unless directed otherwise).
  3. Are permitted to brush your teeth during the 12 hour period.


Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about fasting tests;

Q: Why do I have to fast?

A: Some test values change following the digestion of food.  For example, if you eat lots of sugars, your blood sugar will be high.  When you are fasting, we get a base result that can be compared over time.


Q: What time should I come to the laboratory?

A: You should aim to reach the laboratory between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Q: Can I drink anything?

A: You may have small amounts of water, but nothing else e.g. juice, tea, coffee, alcohol etc.


Q: Should I take my medication?

A: Yes, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.


Q: Can I chew gum or smoke?

A: No chewing of gum,  Gum stimulates your digestive system and can alter test results.


Q: Can i smoke?

A: No.  Smoking can affect your test results.


Q: Can I exercise?

A: No.  Exercise or any other physically strenuous activity is not recommended. This can affect your test results.



How to pepare for a blood test.
  • Please follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.
  • If you are uncomfortable in any way, please inform the lab technician.  Your comfort and care is important to us.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask the lab technician.



Basic Lab Standards

Safety is extremely important to us.  We adhere to strict guildines - ALL needles, tubes and any other instruments use to take blood are only used ONCE and then promptly and properly discarded.