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Labratory Services

Ashland Health Center Laboratory is a CLIA certified, moderate complexity laboratory dedicated to providing high-quality services in the most responsive way.   The lab is staffed by board-certified Medical Technologists and a certified Phlebotomist, who perform a comprehensive menu of testing procedures in Hematology, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Coagulation, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Immunochemistry, and Serology.  Tests not performed on site at Ashland Health Center will be sent to AMS Laboratory in Wichita, KS. 

Normal operating hours:

Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm. (On-call services are provided after hours)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment?

Most lab tests are performed on a walk-in basis. The two exceptions to this are glucose tolerance testing and paternity test collections. For these tests please call the laboratory to schedule an appointment.

 

How do lab tests help maintain your health?

The quality and accuracy of your laboratory test results are used by your doctor to diagnose your health, develop a course of treatments, if needed, and measure the effectiveness of your treatments. In fact, a standard statistic is that 70% of the measurable data in a patient’s medical record are laboratory results. When your lab work is performed at Ashland Health Center Laboratory, the results become part of your comprehensive medical record and are used to make important diagnostic and treatment decisions that affect your health.

 

Do I need to check in at registration every time I come in for a lab test?

Yes.  Each time you come in for testing your insurance company sees it as an individual visit. They require that you have a new account number, insurance verification, and your consent for treatment for each visit.

 

Should I take medications before my blood draw?

It depends on the medication and how it is taken. Please ask your doctor about your medications before your specimen collection.

 

My paperwork says to be fasting. What does that mean?

Please refer to the fasting information contained on this page.

 

Do I have to fast for my test?

Many lab tests require fasting; however your provider should tell you whether to fast for your lab tests. If you're not sure, please check with your provider. Generally, all glucose, cholesterol or lipid testing require an 8-12 hour fast.

 

Can I get a copy of my results?

You have a right to get a copy of any of your test results from our Medical Records Department. An Authorization to Release Protected Health Information will be requested by the Medical Records Department, giving us legal permission to give you a copy of your laboratory results. Results are not usually ready immediately, so you may need to come back to the laboratory to get your results.

 

When will my physician have my results?

The tests you have performed will determine how quickly your provider will receive your completed results. Some results are available within hours, while others take a few days to complete.

 

What do my results mean? Who will explain them to me?

Only your provider can interpret your results and what they mean for you. For general information on laboratory tests and what they mean, go to www.labtestsonline.org.

 

How much blood will be collected?

We know it looks like a lot, but it's really not! A typical tube holds about 1 teaspoon of blood. A typical person has about 14 pints of blood in their body, which is about 1,344 teaspoons. Even if we collect more than one tube of blood, you can see that it's not very much compared to how much you have in your body.

 

Does Ashland Health Center offer paternity testing?

We don't perform paternity testing here at Ashland Health Center Laboratory however we can collect specimens for private companies if you arrange for testing. Please call the laboratory for a list of companies that you can contact to set up paternity testing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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