Q. Do I need an order from a physician to get lab work done at the laboratory?
A. Yes, our clinic does require a signed physician order for your lab work to be performed. Many times patients request additional tests to be performed that have not been ordered by their physician. In this case, we will usually try to contact your physician for an order, but cannot perform the testing until we have the order.
Q: How long must I fast before having my lab work done?
A: Not all laboratory work requires that you fast. Generally, if you are required to fast before getting your lab work done, your physicians or nurse will instruct you to do so. If you are required to fast, usually an 8-12 hour fast is acceptable. Please continue to take any medications, unless advised otherwise by your physician. We strongly suggest avoiding all beverages with the exception of plain water.
Q: When can I get my blood drawn at the lab?
A: Our normal operating hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and 8:30 AM to 12 PM on Saturday. Generally patients are served on a first come first serve basis.
Q: How soon will my laboratory tests be completed?
A: Commonly ordered tests that we perform in our lab are usually completed within 45 minutes or less depending on the specific test and our work load volume for that day. Some uncommon laboratory tests may not be performed in our lab and are then sent to a reference laboratory for testing. Many of these test results are available the next day, and in some cases may take an additional 2-3 days depending on the test.
Q: Why is the Doctor ordering these laboratory tests?
A: We get this question quite frequently in the laboratory when performing blood draws on patients. Typically, we do not know specifically why your physician is ordering particular lab work for you. If you have questions specifically about your lab tests and why they are ordered, it is best that you speak with your nurse or physician directly.