Onsite Health Screening FAQ
Onsite Health Screening
The Non-fasting Health Screening approach ensures that you can prioritize your health without sacrificing your comfort.
You can skip the need to plan around meal schedules or feel hungry and fatigued during the screening, and still get accurate results.
It also reduces the risk of hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes.
Yes they are, local studies have shown no significant differences between fasted and non-fasted blood samples for cholesterol levels. HbA1C for glucose monitoring is also a well-established test.
While it is not necessary to fast, we will advise avoiding alcohol or a heavy meal just before your blood test.
If you are going for a Treadmill Stress Test, certain blood pressure medications such as beta-blockers may need to be stopped prior to the test. You should not smoke or drink caffeinated drinks at least 3 hours before the test.
HbA1C is used to screen for diabetes. HbA1C tells us the blood glucose control over the last 3 months by measuring sugar molecules attached to your red blood cells. Concurrently, a non-fasted random blood glucose level is run. The normal cut-off for random blood glucose will be different from fasted blood glucose.
If your random blood glucose or HbA1C is abnormal, you may be required to do fasting blood glucose to confirm the diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes.
There should be no significant difference in your cholesterol levels between the fasted and non-fasted blood samples. The cholesterol levels would be interpreted as normal.
Abdominal Ultrasound requires at least 6 hours of fasting before the procedure.
If you are planning to go for an abdominal ultrasound, please ensure that you have fasted for the recommended time period before your scheduled appointment.
In which situation do I need to retake a fasting glucose or cholesterol test after my Non-fasting Health Screening?
If your HbA1C is borderline or your random glucose is high, your doctor may advise you to do a fasting glucose to confirm the diagnosis of diabetes or prediabetes.
If your triglyceride level is extremely elevated, your doctor may advise you to do a fasted lipid panel.
Please refer to the recommended health screening guidelines. You are encouraged to refer to this list when making your selection.
If you require any opinions, pre-screening consultation with our doctors is available via our Minmed Connect mobile app.
It is important that you select your health screening tests with appropriate guidelines, information and advice available. You can still discuss your selection with our team during your health screening.
More information on the tests can be found here.
You do not have to delay your health screening because of a recent infection.
Blood tests: Some inflammatory markers may be elevated after an infection and the results can be read in the context of a recent infection. Complications from a COVID-19 infection may also be detected and should be followed up. High sensitivity CRP for cardiac risk stratification would not be suitable for those who have had COVID-19 in the last 1 month.
Chest X-ray: May show infective changes when done after a recent COVID-19 infection and abnormalities should be followed up.
Pap Smear: Not necessary to wait
Mammogram / Breast Ultrasound : Not necessary to wait
You do not have to delay your health screening because of a recent COVID-19 vaccination.
Blood tests: Some inflammatory markers may be elevated after a vaccination and the results can be read in the context of a recent vaccination. High sensitivity CRP for cardiac risk stratification would not be suitable for those who have had vaccinations in the past 2 weeks.
Chest X-ray: Not neccessary to wait
Pap Smear: Not neccessary to wait
Mammogram / Breast Ultrasound : You may still go for the tests without waiting but there might be occurrence of enlarged lymph nodes due to a recent vaccination and the findings can be read in the context of a recent vaccination.
It is acceptable to go for health screening when you are having your menses. However, kindly refrain from submitting your urine specimen when you are having your menses. It is advisable to wait till day 5 from the last day of your menstrual cycle for better accuracy.
CA 125 (Ovarian Tumor Marker) may be falsely elevated during menses, immediately before and immediately after menses. Aim to do the CA 125 (Ovarian Tumor Marker) test 1 week before or after your menses.
When pregnant, you will typically be seeing your obstetrician regularly for follow-up and antenatal care. Screening tests necessary (e.g. screening for gestational diabetes) will typically be conducted at your O&G clinic.
It is thus recommended that you do not undergo health screening with us when pregnant. If you do wish to, you are encouraged to only evaluate your lipid profile and fasting glucose.
If you are breastfeeding, it is acceptable to undergo health screening. However, this should not take place in lieu of or before your post natal follow up with your obstetrician.
Your health screening report will typically be available on the next working day.
You will receive a notification via email once your screening results are ready. Kindly login to your account here.
Please note that your report is available only after you authenticate using an SMS OTP sent to your registered mobile number.
Follow up review of your screening is essential. Schedule for your complimentary review via our Minmed Connect mobile app.
Making payment via the app before the appointment secures your booking, streamlines the process, and ensures a smoother and more efficient experience for you on the day of screening.
The refund will be processed immediately. However, do allow 5-7 working days for it to be reflected on your bank statement.