Find a lab near you
Diagnostic laboratory services are something most of us never think about, and certainly never expect to need. But one day you may need them, and you will want them to be done at a place you are familiar with, or at least don’t have too much of a drive to. You also won’t want to wait too long to get your results. Your best bet is to choose a primary care provider that also offers diagnostic laboratory services.
Look for a lab that is convenient for you to travel to, has highly trained personnel and offers tests that are covered by your insurance provider. Make sure the lab is CLIA waived. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue, so as to reduce the risk of doctors getting incorrect results and acting on them. Any lab or test that meets these standards is CLIA waived, although it is not guaranteed to be error-proof.
How to get lab work done
At a hospital with diagnostic laboratory services, you can be tested for pregnancy or diagnose a number of possible ailments, including diabetes, tuberculosis, hepatitis, Lyme disease, allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer. In the test, the technician will collect a sample of blood, urine or tissue and take it to the lab. If the test is a blood test, as it most often is, this will be done by a phlebotomist. His or her job is to make sure the blood sample is coming from the right person, explain the procedure to the patient, draw the blood into the right tube with whatever additives the test calls for while taking proper precautions against infection or excessive bleeding, close and clean the puncture, explain how to look after the puncture until it heals, label the sample and bring it to the lab.
Diagnostic laboratory services in Matthews, NC
The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.
The Conner Clinic also includes an in-house pharmacy and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. If you are looking for a clinic that offers lab services, call today.