Otago Polytechnic Student Health
Primary Healthcare Service
Sometimes your doctor needs to take a sample of blood or urine either to discover what is wrong with you or to measure something in your blood so that the right medication is given to you. These tests could be anything from blood sugar to a full blood count or a sample of tissue to test for cancer.
While urine can generally be tested in the surgery, blood and other specimens are usually sent away for testing at a laboratory. Most results come back within 48 hours unless a very rare test is needed which has to go to a specialist lab further away when it might take a little longer.
Dunedin - South Otago
(03) 479 6082
(03) 470 7791
Private Bag 1910
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This page was last updated at 11:33AM on December 9, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Otago Polytechnic Student Health.