FAQ

What do medical labs do?
Medical laboratories perform the tests ordered by doctors to help diagnose, treat and monitor their patients. When your doctor orders a lab test, we collect a specimen – usually a small sample of blood, urine or other body fluid. We test the specimen and report the result to the doctor who ordered the tests.

Where is PRATHAMESH Located ?
Panchawati Branch :
14/ A , Ground Floor , Surya Arcade , Opp. Nimani Bus Stand ,
Panchwati , Nashik : 422003 , Maharashtra. India .
Ph.No. : 0253 2519897
Mail : panchawati@prathameshdiagnostics.com

M.G.Road Branch :
49 , Ground Floor , sathe Baug Building , M.G.Road ,
Nashik : 422003 , Maharashtra. India .
Ph.No. : 0253 2316516
Mail : mgroad@prathameshdiagnostics.com
www.prathameshdiagnostics.com

When are you open?
Days and hours of operation differ from location to location.
Panchawati Branch : 8.00 am to 9.00 am
: Sunday : 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
M.G Branch : 24 x 7 day open
: Sunday open

How do I prepare for the test? Can I eat before the test?
Each test has different requirements. Please see our Patient Instructions section or call us.

Do you have any special services for patients who cannot come to the lab for their tests?

Yes. We have personnel who collect specimens from patients in their homes.

Tell me something about your mobile lab services [Mobile App.]
“Lab facility one click away”
In Keeping up with our innovative way.
We have come up with innovative concept of mobile application. All the laboratory facility are available on single click on mobile application.

Mobile Application:

  • To seek online appointment for Home Visit.
  • To search for lab and collection centre address.
  • Facility to get online reports.
  • Regular information regarding Health Checkups , Health camp , Events , News , Health card and Many More …………………….!!!

If I have cancer, do I need a pathologist for diagnosis?
Yes, a pathologist is a specialist who identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope. Pathology is a medical specialty focused on providing a definitive diagnosis of many different diseases, including cancer. Usually the services provided by a pathologist are on behalf of a referring physician. The referring physician is the doctor who directly treats the patient.

What does the pathologist do with biopsy ?

He or she examines tissue under a microscope to see what kind of abnormalities are in the tissue sample. The pathologist writes a report detailing the diagnosis. The information in the report helps the treating physician decide on a course of action.

What is a biopsy or FNAC?
Biopsy is the removal of cells or tissue for examination under a microscope. When a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle, the procedure is called a needle biopsy or fine-needle aspiration.

Is it easy to tell which cancer it is?
Usually most cases are straight forward. There are, however, instances when more study and special procedures, including immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy, are required to make a final diagnosis.

What is a surgical pathology report?
The surgical pathology report identifies the tissue sample as belonging to a specific patient and details the diagnosis.

Can the diagnosis for cancer be made with a blood sample?
In some cases, for example, leukemia, the diagnosis is made from blood. There are a few cancers in which blood tests are helpful in diagnosis (prostate cancer). For the diagnosis of most cancers, however, a tissue sample is required.

How many different cancers are there? What are they called?
Cancer is a group of more than 100 different diseases that have some important things in common. Cancer cells are abnormal and divide without control or order. These cells can invade and destroy the tissue around them. Cancer cells can also break away from a malignant tumor and enter the bloodstream or lymphatic system. This process, called metastasis, is how cancer spreads from the original tumor to form new tumors in other parts of the body. Names of more common cancers include carcinoma, sarcoma, lymphoma and leukemia.
 
Can I get AIDS or hepatitis from having my blood taken?
Absolutely not. The needle we use to draw your blood is sterile. Each needle is packaged individually and used only once.

When you have a blood test, nothing goes into your system. Your specimen is taken into a tube that has a vacuum. When the needle tip goes into your skin, the blood in your vein rushes in to fill that vacuum. It is a safe, sealed and self-contained procedure.

All the tubes and containers used for patients’ specimens are used only once and then discarded.

Safety is extremely important to us. We follow strict safety guidelines and take every precaution to protect your safety.

Why do you ask for so much information about me?
We must be sure that we identify every patient accurately by name, address and health insurance. To be absolutely sure of accuracy, we will ask you for that information each time you visit one of our facilities.

We need to know your age because lab results can mean different things depending on a patient’s age and sex. A lab result that’s “normal” for a 60 year-old woman may not be normal for a 5 year-old boy.

If your doctor orders certain tests, we might ask you when you last ate or when you last took your medication. We need to know this so that your physician can fully understand the meaning of the test result.

How does PRATHAMESH keep track of this information?
Our employees enter all the information from you and your doctor into our computer system.
In our lab every patient receives a unique number every time he or she visits one of our locations. This sophisticated system ensures that your name and specimen are accurately matched all the way through the testing process.

Are my laboratory test results confidential?
Yes. Your medical information is confidential. The results of your laboratory tests are given only to your doctor and, if your doctor asks us, we will report the results to another doctor. For example, your doctor may have referred you to a specialist physician who also needs to see your lab reports. On very rare occasions, full disclosure of the contents of a medical record may be required by a court of law.

When will my doctor get the results?
This depends on the tests your doctor ordered. While many results are reported within 24 hours of your visit here, some require more complex testing and can take longer. For example, a routine blood test result may be available within 24 hours, but a blood culture may require 5- 7 days .But for majority of tests results are reported within 6 hours of your visit to Prathamesh.

How are the laboratory results given to me or my doctor?
There are a number of ways your doctor can receive results. The most common is a printed paper report. Collected by you or your authorized representative ,which you can show to your doctor .
Your /Doctor can receive results on their mail account on
www.prathameshdiagnostics.com web account .Doctors can also receive the report on their Mobile App.

I am booked for surgery. Will my doctor get these results in time?
Please let our staff know the date of your surgery and the name of your hospital. We will ensure the hospital receives your results before your surgery date.

What will my tests tell my doctor?
You might be tested for a variety of reasons–because of a problem you’ve reported to your doctor, to check on a condition that has already been diagnosed, or maybe to see how you’re responding to prescribed medication. These are just some of the reasons why your doctor might ask for a lab test.

There are hundreds of tests that could be ordered for different reasons. Also, different combinations of tests may be ordered for different reasons. That’s why our staff can’t answer any questions about why your doctor has ordered a certain test or what (s)he is looking for. Your doctor is the person to answer any questions you may have.

What will the lab ask me to do?
Laboratory tests are usually done on body fluids–most often blood and urine. Likely, we’ll collect a small amount of blood from you or we’ll ask you to collect a sample of your urine.

Fasting is required for some laboratory tests so we might ask you not to eat or drink anything for several hours before your lab test. For more information on preparing for tests, visit our Patient Instructions section or call us.

How long will this take?
Generally, a visit takes only 10 to 20 minutes minutes. For some tests, you must stay longer in the Patient Service Centre or you may have to make an appointment to come back after a period of not eating or drinking.

Should I tell you if I have never had a blood test before, or if I am nervous about having one?
Yes, please. We will do everything we can to make you comfortable and tell you in advance what to expect. Today, blood specimen collections procedures are quick and easy.

If I have had my blood taken before and it was “hard to get”, should I mention that?
Yes, please. Our employees are highly skilled, but you know more about your own body. We count on you to tell us if you’ve had any problems in the past. We will do our best to make sure that things go smoothly.

How much blood will you take? Will I be tired after wards?
The amount of blood we take depends on the tests your doctor has ordered.

However, modern laboratory equipment lets us perform many tests on a small sample of blood. What may appear to be a lot of blood is usually no more than a teaspoon or two.

Because the amount of blood removed is small, you should not feel any ill effects.

What happens to my sample(s) after I leave the Patient Service Centre?
Tests are performed on your sample as per test requisition slip. After testing samples are stored for predefined period of time & then discarded/ disposed as per Biomedical waste regulation.

How do you dispose of your garbage?
We follow strict rules for waste disposal. These rules are set for both environmental and safety reasons.

All our “contaminated waste” is packaged in different colour coded bags & handed over to municipal authorities for final waste disposal .