Polycose Screen Test

About your test

  • Your doctor / midwife have requested this test as a routine screen for diabetes in pregnancy.
  • You do not need to make an appointment for this test.
  • The most reliable result is obtained if the test is done in the morning.
  • You are not required to fast before your test.
  • For your test we require you to remain at Taranaki Medlab for just over 1 hour.
  • During this time you will be required to rest.  You may like to bring a book to read.
  • You will not be able to eat during your test, but will be able to drink water.
  • Your must not smoke during your test.
  • There is no charge for this test.
  • Your test results will be sent to your doctor / midwife within 24 hours.

The procedure

  • When you arrive at Taranaki Medlab you will be given a drink containing 50g of glucose. You will be asked to drink this within 3-4 minutes.
  • Please tell a staff member if you feel unwell at any time during your test, e.g. if you feel drowsy, dizzy or nauseous.
  • A blood sample will be collected 1 hour after you finish the glucose drink.
  • This completes your test and you may eat and drink normally.

If you require further information regarding your test procedure, please telephone Taranaki Medlab:

New Plymouth - 758 7450
Stratford - 765 6229
Hawera - 278 4880