Faecal occult blood

About your Test

  • Your health professional has requested tests to check for the presence of blood in your faeces (bowel motion).
  • The test requires you to collect samples of your bowel motion.
  • Do not collect your samples if you have your period, or when suffering from bleeding haemorrhoids (piles).
  • Aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs, some steriods and ethanol should be avoided from 1 week before collection.  If you have been prescribed any medications by your doctor, you MUST check with them first before you stop taking them.
  • Drugs administered rectally (i.e. suppositories), should not be taken 1 week before the collection period.
  • Before collecting your sample you will need to obtain specimen containers and delivery bags from your health professional or Wellington SCL.

The Procedure

  1. Pass bowel motion into a container. (A clean 2 litre ice cream container makes a good collector.)
  2. Use the scoop on the underside of the specimen container lid to place a portion of bowel motion, about the size of a walnut, into the container.
  3. Screw the lid down firmly.
  4. Write your full name, date of birth, and date and time you collected your sample on the container label. 
  5. Place the container in the delivery bag with the request form in the front pocket.
  6. Keep your sample cool (not in your fridge) before delivering to the laboratory.

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