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what happen during a health screening

What happens during a Health Screening?

Congratulations, you’ve booked your health screening! You’re now on your way to a healthier you.

So, what can you expect at your health screening? It’s not just a regular visit to the doctor!

health screening is a series of medical tests that check for health conditions or diseases before there are any signs or symptoms. Health screenings allow doctors to find problems early on, when they may be easier to treat. They also allow doctors to identify potential risks that you may have, and advise you on how to best manage your health.

Our range of packages offer different tests for different health needs. You can browse the full list of packages here.

Services offered at our Health Screening centre

On top of the usual baseline tests such as measuring blood pressure, our screening packages also offer in-depth assessment of specific diseases. These tests include comprehensive blood and urine tests, resting electrocardiogram (ECG) and treadmill ECG, spirometry, tonometry and retinal photography. Right next door to our centre, is Healthway Radiology, which provides examinations that involve equipment such as X-rays, mammogram, bone mineral densitometry and ultrasounds.

What to expect during your visit?

Healthway Screening @ Downtown is designed to evoke a sense of calm from the moment you enter. Upon entering the centre, our friendly staff will greet you and escort you to a health screening suite. Once you are comfortably settled in, a guest experience officer will guide you through registration, using our convenient iPads and wireless system. Following this, they will explain the screening process that you will be going through, and what to expect throughout your visit. Specialised healthcare professionals will then visit you in the comfort of your suite, for the preliminary tests before your consultation.

Once the fasting tests are completed, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast and drinks served directly to you.

The guest experience officers will escort you to the different clinical examinations and selected tests. You can relax and wait comfortably in your suite while waiting. Experienced doctors and nurses will administer each test, for a holistic health screening experience.

Once all the tests are completed, schedule an appointment for your review and follow up consultation with the doctor.

How to prepare for your visit?

  • Singapore NRIC/ Passport/ Employment Pass/ Work Permit
  • Recent medical reports and films (highly encouraged)
  • Letter of Guarantee from your Insurance/ Company/ Agency (if applicable)
  • Authorisation letter, company letter or staff pass (applicable to corporate clients)

FASTING
The purpose of fasting is to achieve accurate results for your blood test for glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and certain ultrasound procedures.

  • Please fast for at least 8 hours before your appointment.
  • No food or beverages are allowed during the fast. However, you can have plain water. We will provide light refreshments after your assessment.
  • The average screening duration ranges from 1.5 – 3 hours depending on the selected package.

GENERAL

  • Please do not consume your routine medication or supplements until the fasting tests are over. You can have them right after the test.
  • For women, the pap smear, urine and stool tests should be done at least 5 days before or after your menstruation cycle.

DECLARATION OF ILLNESS
Should you feel unwell prior to your screening, please call our centre to inform our staff. Our doctor may require you to adhere to special precautions or postpone your screening depending on your medical condition.

EYE EXAMINATION

  • As part of our screening, we perform vision tests which require you to bring your glasses or contact lenses (if applicable).
  • If you do wear contact lenses, you will need to remove it at least 30 minutes prior to the test.

ULTRASOUND

  • You will be required to drink at least 5-6 glasses of water before undergoing an ultrasound of the pelvis and abdomen. For ultrasound abdomen, 8 hours of fasting is required.
  • Avoid urinating around an hour before the examination

STRESS ECG (TREADMILL)

  • It takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete the treadmill test.
  • Please avoid caffeinated drinks / food before the test.
  • Medication such as beta-blockers should be stopped 3 days before this test (please check with your doctor before performing this test).
  • Please bring along your sports attire and shoes for this test. We encourage you to bring a change of clothes due to perspiration during the test.

STOOL COLLECTION

  • If you are bringing your stool sample from home, please collect 1 scoop of stool in the sterile stool specimen bottle, seal the bottle tightly and bring it along with you on the day of your screening.
  • Stool sample should not be kept for more than 12 hours before submission.
  • Note: For women, please ensure that you are not menstruating at the time of urine and stool collection.
  • Avoid red meat and iron supplements 3 days before stool sample is collected.
  • You may collect a stool specimen bottle from one of our screening centres or GP clinics prior to your screening appointment.

MAMMOGRAM (For Women)

  • Please avoid this examination if you are pregnant.
  • Please arrange for your appointment to be at least 1 week after the last day of your menstruation.
  • Refrain from wearing any deodorant, perfume, powder or cream at your underarms or chest area as it may affect the quality of the mammogram.
  • It is advisable that you bring your most recent mammogram films or reports (if available). This is to allow for better comparison between the previous and latest mammogram result.
  • Kindly submit your most recent mammogram films to our radiology department within 3 working days from the day of your screening if you have forgotten to bring it on the day of examination.
  • Your health screening report will be ready within the next 10 days.
  • We also offer comprehensive services including GP & family medicine clinics, health screening and adult specialists, shall you require follow-up care or treatments