Instructions to prepare for a laboratory test

Blood tests

Several factors, such as food, coffee and alcohol intake, medication, smoking, physical activity, and time of the day may affect test results. However, most tests can be performed at any time of the day, allowing for a light meal and medication to be taken normally.

  • Avoid heavy physical exercise, alcohol intake and smoking the day before sample collection. Sitting in the laboratory for 15 min prior to sample collection is recommended in order to stabilize the blood circulation.
  • Some tests for hormone measurements (TSH and testosterone, e.g.) should be taken preferably before noon, because hormone secretion follows a diurnal variation.
  • If concentrations of medicines are to be analyzed, you should not take the medications before sample collection. In such cases your doctor will instruct you specifically.

Fasting blood specimen

Fasting specimens (fP-Gluc for fasting plasma glucose, e.g.) are collected before noon after an overnight fast.

  • During the day before specimen collection you can eat and drink normally avoiding, however, alcoholic drinks. During the fast of 8 to 12 hours you are not allowed to eat or drink - some water is allowed.
  • In the morning of sample collection you are allowed to drink one glass of water.

Urine specimens

Avoid abundant drinking prior to specimen collection.

  • Collect the sample in the morning or when at least 3-4 hours have passed since the last urination. Some analyses require morning urine that has been taken immediately after waking up.
  • Urine for a pregnancy test should be collected when the period is approximately one week delayed.
  • In case you prefer taking the specimen at home you will get the instructions and specimen containers at the laboratory.

Please, discuss with your physician, if you cannot follow these instructions.
You may book a laboratory appointment at our website.

Specialists and locations

Jaana Myllylä
Birgit Asell-Johansson
Susanna Heikka
Laboratoriohoitaja, vastaanottosihteeri
Kristina Hotakainen
Laboratoriosektorin johtaja

Take into account in the price list
The price list for laboratory tests shows the prices of the most common samples and tests.
ServicePrice estimate
Alcohol marker test (B-PEth)

Alcohol marker test, i.e. blood phosphatidylethanol concentration.

89.00 €
No Kela reimbursement
Borrelia antibodies (S-BorrAb)
108.20 €
No Kela reimbursement
C-reactive protein, inflammation test (P-CRP)
47.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Vitamin D levels (S-D-25)
90.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Prostate-specific antigen, prostate examination (S-PSAtot+V)
99.70 €
No Kela reimbursement
Ferritin (S-Ferrit)
62.60 €
No Kela reimbursement
Follicle-stimulating hormone (S-FSH)
89.10 €
No Kela reimbursement
Respiratory virus test (Np-RespPer)

The package covers: Influenza A and B, RSV, adenovirus and metapneumovirus.

174.90 €
No Kela reimbursement
Antigen detection of respiratory viruses (RespCV19)
270.20 €
No Kela reimbursement
HI virus (S-HIVAbAg)
60.40 €
No Kela reimbursement
Influenza A and B (InfA+B Ag)
74.30 €
No Kela reimbursement
Influenza A and B + RSV (InflAB+RSV)

The package covers: Influenza A and B, RSV.

87.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
INR-test (P-INR)

Thromboplastin time.

42.40 €
No Kela reimbursement
Celiac disease screening test

The package covers: S-IgA and S-tTGAbA.

113.40 €
No Kela reimbursement
Examination of thyroid activity (S-T4-V)

Serum free thyroxine levels.

84.00 €
No Kela reimbursement
Examination of thyroid activity (S-TSH)

Serum thyroid-stimulating hormone levels.

71.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea test (U-CtGcNhO)
97.10 €
No Kela reimbursement
Creatinine, kidney function test (P-Krea)
38.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Blood lipids, cholesterol (P-Lipidit)
81.70 €
No Kela reimbursement
Lactose intolerance test (B-Lakt-D)
99.90 €
No Kela reimbursement
Examination of the liver, glutamyl transferase activity (P-GT)
35.30 €
No Kela reimbursement
Examination of the liver, alanine aminotransferase activity (P-ALAT)
35.00 €
No Kela reimbursement
Mononucleosis, quick test (S-MonAb)
42.20 €
No Kela reimbursement
Mykoplasma quick test (S-MypnAbM-O)
70.00 €
No Kela reimbursement
Papa-test (Pt-Papa1)
92.40 €
No Kela reimbursement
Basic blood count (B-PVK+T)

Leukocytes, erythrocytes and thrombocytes, red blood cell indices and distribution width.

51.00 €
No Kela reimbursement
Quantitative pregnancy test (S-HCG)

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

73.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Group A Streptococcus (Ps-StrAAg)

Group A Streptococcus test from a throat swab.

71.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Group A Streptococcus and adenovirus (Ps-NieluAg)

Group A Streptococcus and adenovirus test from a throat swab.

84.10 €
No Kela reimbursement
Testosterone (S-Testo)

Sensitive method.

95.80 €
No Kela reimbursement
Blood haemoglobin level (B-Hb)
23.90 €
No Kela reimbursement
White blood cell count (B-Leuk)
28.40 €
No Kela reimbursement
Blood sugar after fasting (fP-Gluk)


35.30 €
No Kela reimbursement
Chemical screening of urine (U-KemSeul)

For screening infections and diseases of the urinary tract. The test includes the following: protein, glucose, white blood cells, blood and bacteria.

41.30 €
No Kela reimbursement