Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Many patients have questions before, during and after providing a specimen for a test. Below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) that we receive. If you have question(s) that are not listed or would like additional information, please feel free to contact us via our website.

When will my test results be available?

It depends upon the type of test requested. Most tests are completed within about 24 hours of receiving the sample for testing. Certain tests take several days to weeks. However, availability may vary depending on the type of test. Your receipt bears the date and time of delivery of your results.

Where is AFIP located? Can I go to any of your locations to have my tests done?

AFIP is located within main CMH Complex. However, if you find problem in providing sample at Main Reception of AFIP, please feel free to visit our Satellite Reception on Tamiz ud Din Road near Chungi No 22.

My doctor ordered some blood tests. Can I eat or drink before the test?

This depends upon the type of blood tests ordered. Your physician should tell you if the test(s) require fasting (no eating, drinking). However, if you are unsure, please contact or ask our DMO at reception. His contact number is 051-5176414.

Can I take my medications before I take my blood tests?

This will again depend upon the type of test. Your prescribing doctor is supposed to instruct you in this regard. If you are not clear, please contact DMO on duty or specific departments. Contact numbers are available on our website.

What are the timings of AFIP?

AFIP is providing services 24 hours/ day and seven days a week.

How do I know when I can collect my test reports?

Date and timings of test reports is mentioned on the receipt given to you.

Can AFIP provide me urgent reports?

Yes, AFIP can provide you urgent reports on request.

I have lost my original reports. How can I get duplicate reports?

Duplicate reports can be printed on request anytime.

Can we send samples from out station?

Yes, majority tests done in serum samples can be sent from outstation. Some labile tests which require cold chain should not be sent from out station like ACTH, PTH, PCR, Amino acid analysis.

Do I need to bring my previous record and history when I come to AFIP to give tests?

Previous documents and history is required only for specialized tests like Dynamic function tests in Endocrine Procedure Block, Hb Electrophoresis, Bone Marrow Biopsy, histopathology tests and certain other tests. You can get detail information about this from AFIP reception or concerned department.

What is your procedure of labeling my samples? I hope it doesn’t get mixed.

We ensure the sample integrity by labeling the samples and advice forms with unique barcodes. Samples are then transported to respective department in separate container.

How many hours should I fast before giving fasting sample for my tests?

You should fast 10-12 hours before giving fasting blood sample.

How will I know if my sample is found unfit for analysis?

You will be informed by registrar/staff on duty on telephone about this.

Can I bring my routine histopathology specimen in normal saline?

Routine histopathology specimen should be brought in 10% formal saline

How can I collect 24 hours urine for test?

Discard first morning sample. Then start collecting urine in a clean wide mouthed container for 24 hours. Also collect last urine at end of 24 hours.

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