Transfer of the testing material
What should a patient know when transferring the testing material?
- An identity document must be presented.
- There must be a doctor’s request for laboratory examinations.
- Analyses can be submitted on one’s own (also anonymous), then the laboratory examination request is filled in by a laboratory stuff.
- Blood for analyses is taken from the vein with disposable systems by trained laboratory staff.
- The material (urine, stool, sputum, sperm, etc.) should be handed over in clean (or sterile, depending on the test being performed) containers, which can be obtained free-of-charge from the laboratory or a doctor.
- In the laboratory the primary tubes with blood are stored for three days, but frozen serum for one month (if there is a sufficient amount of material left after the tests), in order to be able, if necessary, to carry out additional examinations without repeated blood collection.
- In the price of the analysis the following costs are included: the cost of disposable containers, serum storage, maintenance of the database, a laboratory doctor’s consultation on the results of analyses, several copies of the test results and information in different ways – personally, by phone, by fax, by e‑mail etc.
- It is not necessary to draw the blood on an empty stomach (except for certain analyses).
- In the reports the reference ranges (normal values) of each parameter are indicated according to age, sex, week of pregnancy (if applicable).
- The laboratory test results should always be interpreted by a doctor taking into consideration all other patient’s clinical data.
You can get instructions for collecting individual samples from a laboratory staff member.