Fasting Blood Tests

Fasting glucose

Non- Diabetic patients – fast for 12 hours prior to test

Diabetic patients (insulin) – fast for 10 hours prior to test.

Have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured). Unless otherwise instructed, you should continue to take your medication as normal.

Fasting Lipids

Non-Diabetic patients – fast for 14 hours prior to test

Diabetic patients (tablets) –  fast for 12 hours prior to test

Diabetic patients (insulin) – fast for 10 hours prior to test

Have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured). Unless otherwise instructed, you should continue to take your medication as normal.

Homocysteine

Do not eat meat for 12 hours prior to the test

Glucose tolerance test

Have nothing to eat and only drink plain water (unflavoured) for a period of 12 Hours prior to the test. Unless otherwise instructed, you should continue to take your medication as normal.

After the first blood test you will be given a glucose drink. You rest and fast for a further 2 hours then have a second blood test.

We would like to apologize to all our patients for the unacceptably slow service from the dispensary. We are aware that we have been unable to fulfil the turnaround times for repeat prescriptions that we had promised, and we are also aware that many patients have had to queue for long periods of time to collect their medication.

We have been facing unprecedented demand at a time when we are looking to recruit a new dispensary manager and when we have had high levels of staff sick leave.

Please be assured that we are taking active steps to improve the dispensary and we hope to be able to provide a better service in the New Year.