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Before Your Visit

Handy hints to help you get ready for your visit.
The preparations are simple, but they're important for your test results!

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Preparing for your Nurse Appointment

The week before:

  • Complete the online health questionnaire that was emailed to you, and if you have not already done so.

Up to 3 days before:

  • Complete the bowel test kit sent to you in the post

2 days before:

  • Men only aged 40 and over: your PSA result may be affected by ejaculation or long periods of exercise within 48 hours of your appointment.

In the morning:

  • Avoid using moisturiser on your chest, wrists and lower legs
  • Wear a loose fitting top that can be easily removed & avoid wearing several layers. Avoid wearing garments that restrict access to your ankles.
  • Ensure wrists are clear of watches, bracelets etc.
  • Eat your usual breakfast, but avoid fried food.
  • Keep up your fluid intake
  • If you're on prescribed medication take it as usual
  • Make sure you have your bowel test kit ready to give to your nurse

Up to 2 hours before:

  • Collect a urine sample in the container provided. You must not do it more than 2 hours before your appointment.

Preparing for your Scan Appointment

The week before:

  • Complete the online health questionnaire that was emailed to you, and if you have not already done so.

The day before:

  • Avoid eating all gas-producing foods such as beans, green leaved vegetables and onions

WOMEN ONLY, At least an hour before: (You do NOT need to do the below if you've had a full hysterectomy)

  • Start drinking 2 PINTS of still water. You need to allow sufficient time to drink the water, however do not start too soon or you may have difficulty retaining it.
  • Do NOT drink tea or coffee as they are bladder irritants and will make the procedure more uncomfortable.
  • You must have a full bladder for a successful pelvic examination; Do NOT empty your bladder after you have drunk your water.
  • Please bring your own water with you if necessary to ensure you have a full bladder for your scan

What next?

Find out what happens During Your Visit


"I’m very grateful to the Mary How Trust for spotting this potential problem, and for the advice you gave me."

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