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5 Steps to Take Before Visiting a Diagnostic Centre

Lab tests are proving to be increasingly useful in detecting different diseases or conditions.  A doctor diagnoses and provides treatment based on the results of the diagnostic tests. Laboratory tests are medical processes that involve collecting samples of blood, urine, stool, swab etc. analysing them and reporting the results for the medical practitioner.

Due to diagnostic tests, the doctor can identify changes in your health before any symptoms begin to manifest.  These laboratory tests help the doctor plan an accurate and targeted form of treatment to solve the health problem. With the help of these tests, the doctor can also evaluate your response to a particular treatment and change his or her approach, if necessary.  The doctor can also monitor the condition of a patient through these diagnostic tests.

Here are the 5 steps you should take before visiting a diagnostic center:

  1. Being proactive with diagnostic tests – If you are sick for quite some time now, and aren’t really healthy, visit a doctor. Keep a record of your symptoms. If your doctor suggests you to get a diagnostic test done, visit a diagnostic center. Being proactive with your health, you can take a complete blood count (CBC) test and other tests that your doctor recommends for your age. If you are proactive and regularly take laboratory tests, in order to track your health, you are in a position to control your health. It works as a preventative measure because in case any unfavourable thing is detected, you can treat the health condition treated before it becomes worse. Even health insurance companies are happy to extend insurance on a lower premium if you prove that you had a complete health check done with no complications. So, the very first step you should take before visiting a diagnostic center is that you should be in a state of mind that says that you want to do the diagnostic test, rather than being obliged to do it.
  2. Find out what kind of tests are available – Diagnostic centers are dime a dozen now. Ideally, you should go for a reputed diagnostic center known for accurate and safe health practices with high emphasis on sanitation and customer service.  There are many diagnostic services centers which offer discounts for being repeat customers. At times, certain packages of testing are bundled together and offered at discounted prices.  Find out how many types of tests are available at the center.  Check if all tests or the ones that you want to do are done in the same pathology center or outsourced to another lab. Also, it is better if the diagnostic center is closer to your home or workplace.
  3. Fasting before the blood test – One of the key components of a diagnostic test that a doctor usually asks you to do is the Fasting Plasma Glucose test.  This test is used as a diabetic screening   Ideally, you should not eat or drink anything except for water, at least eight to ten hours before the test, the next morning.  The test is used to check fluctuations in the glucose/sugar levels. Another blood sample is taken 2 hours after the meal that follows the first blood test.
  4. Taking the blood sample – The phlebotomist draws out blood by locating your vein and inserting a needle into it. The most common way to extract the sample is through the arm. While some are fine with the testing process, others are scared of the needle being inserted into the body. If you have such apprehension, you may choose not to look at the needle. Let the phlebotomist know about your phobia and he can definitely help by positioning the needle away from your sight. Else, he can chat you up so that you are diverted from the sensation of the needle prick.
  5. Health Insurance benefits – There are some health insurance companies that are ready to pay for your medical tests if you have not claimed insurance for the first few years. Check with your   health insurance company if they provide such benefits.

 

Nowadays you can also check the laboratory tests results online. You do not even have to go a diagnostic center; there are options available for home sample collection, as well.  Contact your nearest lab testing center for more information.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal