Preparing for your test

Preparing for your test

A few of our tests require simple advance preparation. Other tests may require you to take a sample for us. Find out here what is needed.

Following a blood test (patient information) brochure.

How to prepare for tests

Click here to download the fasting brochure.

TestPreparation Instructions
Lipids (fasting)12 hours fasting *
Glucose (fasting)12 hours fasting *
Drug levelsAs per your doctor’s instructions
Skin allergy tests +This test takes about 1 hour. You will need to stay in the collection rooms for that period. (Appointment required)
Glucose ChallengeClick here for further information
Glucose Tolerance TestClick here for further information
Fine Needle AspirationClick here for further information

* Fasting: Nil by mouth except water for 10-12 hours (no tea or coffee) .
+ Available only at Courtenay Place and Lower Hutt.

How to collect a sample

Find out how to take samples for the following tests:

Collection instructions in other languages

Please click here to download instruction sheets in other languages

Other tests

If you have any questions about preparing for a test, call us on (04) 381 5900.