Laboratory tests


The laboratory is fully computerized and provided with modern diagnostic equipment. It offers a broad panel of diagnostic tests carried out in hematology, clinical biochemistry, serology, blood clotting system, immunology, general analytics and microbiology laboratories.

The reliability of our tests is ensured through:

  • compliance with the principles of good laboratory practice
  • laboratory-based quality management system
  • participation in external programs carried out by:
    • the Center for Quality Assessment in Laboratory Diagnostics ( Łódź )
    • international quality assessment in hematology – IQAS
    • international quality assessment in hematology – IQAS
    • the Regional Center of Blood Donation and Hemotherapy and the Institute of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine which assess the accuracy of serologic tests

SPECIMEN COLLECTION POINT OFFICE HOURS

MONDAY – FRIDAY:
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM and 3 PM – 7 PM
SATURDAY:
8 AM – 1 PM


CHILDREN – MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY:
1 PM – 2 PM

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1How to prepare for the tests?
The reliability of test results is influenced by a number of factors. Proper patient preparation or the time and the way a sample is taken may considerably affect the results of the test.
Inappropriate preparation and a wrongly handled sample taking procedure may contribute to obtaining the results which do not reflect the patient’s actual state and interfere with the doctor’s evaluation of health condition.
Given the above, we encourage you to get acquainted with the below information. If in doubt, please contact your doctor or a laboratory staff member for clarification prior to the specimen collection.

Laboratory contact number: 22 25 59 908 or The Outpatient Clinic Registration Office: 22 25 59 900

Laboratory blood test

In order to ensure the correct interpretation of test results it is recommended that blood specimens for routine tests are collected in the morning ( 7am-10am), in fasting state (if possible, the patient should not consume anything for about 12 hours before the test) and after approximately 12 hours of good night’s sleep.

Depending on the purpose of the test, specimen collection is possible at other times, with a note about the exact time of collection.
If possible, the patient should rest comfortably in a sitting position several minutes before the collection procedure.

The tests which require a physician referral include, among others, a Metoclopramide loading test.
Tests which require fasting specimen collection (food and beverage can impact blood-level readings, interfering with the results of the test):

  • phosphorus
  • glucose
  • insulin
  • cortisol
  • folic acid
  • glucose tolerance test
  • parameters of lipid metabolism (TG, HDL)
  • peptide C
  • iron

Tests which require morning specimen collection due to circadian rhythm:

  • ACTH
  • aldosterone
  • zinc
  • DHEA
  • erythropoietin
  • estriol
  • phosphorus
  • FSH
  • growth hormone
  • cortisol
  • LH
  • copper
  • potassium
  • prolactin
  • PTH
  • testosterone
  • TSH
  • iron
  • 17-OH-progesterone

Tests which require morning fasting specimen collection:

  • AST
  • ALT
  • ALP
  • total protein
  • bilirubin
  • creatinine
  • uric acid
  • LDH
  • magnesium
  • urea
  • peripheral blood cell count
  • ESR
  • coagulation parameters (PT, APTT, fibrinogen)

Laboratory urine test
It is recommended that the patient should avoid strenuous physical exercise and walking long distances prior to the test.
The patient should also abstain from sexual activity at least 24 hours before the scheduled test.
Microscopic tests of urinary sediment should not be performed during menstruation or perimenstrual period.

The urine specimen for testing must be submitted in in a single-use container specially designed for this purpose. The container has to be properly labelled with the patient’s first name, surname, age and the specimen collection time.
It is required to use sterile containers for microbiology specimens. The container should remain closed until directly before use. It is important not to touch its inside walls to avoid contamination.

It is necessary to cleanse the urethral area with soap and water before passing urine.
If the patient is not able to urinate into the container (newborns, bedridden patients), the urine should be collected into a plastic collection bag which is adhered to the skin surrounding the external opening of the urethra. Urine collection bags are available in most pharmacies.

Midstream clean catch collection is the most commonly recommended method of taking urine samples (the patient is expected to discard the first portion of the urine stream and collect the midstream urine into the container). Sometimes, however, there are indications for the collection of the first catch specimen (detection of Chlamydia trachomatis).
The collected specimen should be submitted to the treatment room within 2 hours maximum.
The first morning sample is considered the specimen of choice for general urine analysis. The urine is retained in the bladder for approximately 8 hours before the collection.

Midstream clean catch specimen collection
void the first portion of the urine stream into the toilet. without stopping urination, collect the midstream urine (50-100ml) into the specimen container prepared in advance
void the remaining portion of urine into the toilet
close the container as soon as possible
Random urine specimen can be collected at any time and in any volume sufficient for testing. The collection procedure does not require patient advance preparation. This kind of specimen is commonly used for emergency tests ordered by a doctor.

24-hour urine specimen collection
The urine should be collected and pooled in a dry, clean and sufficiently large 24-hour urine container (2 – 2,5l of capacity). The laboratory is provided with scaled collection containers.

The collection should start in the morning ( e.g., 7am) and end at the same time the following day.

  • discard the first urine passed in the morning (urinate into the toilet)
  • except for this first discarded urine, all of the urine passed during that day and night, up to and including the first voiding of the following day, must be collected
  • store the 24-hour collection container in a dark and cool place throughout the entire collection
  • once the collection is over, measure the entire 24-hour volume and note the total amount in milliliters
  • mix the collected specimen well and pour off 30-50ml into an appropriately labelled transport container and submit it to the laboratory


Important: Not one portion of the urine can be lost. If for some reason, a portion of the urine passed during 24-hour collection has not been transferred to the container, the test results will be inaccurate and the collection will have to be repeated.

Detailed instructions on 24-hour urine specimen collection requiring preservation with hydrochloric acid are available in the laboratory.

Laboratory stool test

Collect a sample of stool (about the size of a hazelnut) from various parts of the feces in a special container with attached spatula.
The container has to be appropriately labelled (the patient’s first name, surname, age, collection time), closed and put in a sealed plastic bag.
If the sample cannot be handed in straight away, the container should be stored in aplastic bag in a fridge.
Since freshly passed specimens are required for the detection of Lamblia intestinalis, the sample has to be frozen for longer-term storage.

Important: Microbiology and mycology specimens require the use of sterile containers and should be submitted to the laboratory in the shortest possible time.
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