Blood test made easy in Italy
If you are in Italy and need to get blood work or other lab analyses done today, we can help. Getting blood tests should be as easy as getting a morning coffee.
Which blood test do you need today?
The first step if you wish to do a blood test is to see a doctor who understands you, so you can discuss your issue and get a prescription with the list of appropriate lab tests for your case.
There are more than 1000 different kinds of blood tests, urine and other samples. When you need to get blood work done, the first step is to determine which ones.
Use the doctor’s prescription to get the tests done at the closest lab and then make an appointment with the doctor to discuss the results.
How labs work in Italy
Most labs do not have English-speaking staff in Italy, so it’s best to carry a prescription written in Italian to avoid misunderstandings. If you don’t have one, it’s better to see a doctor first.
For common blood tests and urine tests, labs work only on a walk-in basis. You don’t need to – and usually can’t – make an appointment at a laboratory.
If you go in the early morning, between 7:30 and 10 a.m., you are very likely to get the blood test you need.
Results are usually not ready same-day, but in most labs you can request to have the results sent to you via email once they are ready or check the result of you lab test online.
Make sure to do so while you are still at the lab, as you may need to sign an authorization form in person.
How to prepare for blood tests
Some lab tests may require a special preparation, so ask the doctor who prescribed them to let you know of any special rules to follow. As an alternative, go to the lab and ask them how to prepare for the tests.
Fasting is not always necessary – many blood tests do not require it – but if you are not sure, an empty stomach is better than having to go back.
Some tests, such as swabs, cultures, fertility tests and other biological samples, may require an appointment at the lab as they can only be performed under certain conditions, or by specialist doctors.
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A blood test for any issue
Get a doctor’s prescription for your blood work first. Most labs do not provide detailed information online on available lab analysis, and they are very rarely in English. Seeing a doctor who speaks your language is the first step to make.
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