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You never know when a diagnostic lab might come in handy

It won’t matter to you if your your hospital doesn’t have diagnostic laboratory services — until you need them. Then you may find yourself having to take a full day off from work, drive fifty miles at an inconvenient hour of the day in order to spend a few minutes getting blood withdrawn for a test, then go back and wait for days or weeks to get the results. (Any medical problem that calls for the services of a diagnostic lab is probably serious enough that you want answers on it sooner rather than later.)

Whereas if your hospital does have these services, everything becomes much easier. First, you meet the phlebotomist, whose job it is to draw a small sample of blood from one of your veins and take it to the lab. He or she explains the procedure and asks your name, just to make sure you are the right person to be getting a sample from today. Then, after cleaning and disinfecting the area and applying a topical anaesthetic, the blood is drawn. The puncture is cleaned and bandaged, you are told how long to leave the bandage on, and that’s pretty much it. You receive the test results in a few days.

Diagnostic laboratory services are something every good hospital or clinic should have. They let your doctor test you for pregnancy or diagnose diabetes, tuberculosis, anemia, hepatitis or Lyme disease. They can also diagnose allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer. The lab should be CLIA waived. This means the lab meets the standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, which sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue. These standards are meant to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can have serious medical consequences if acted upon.

Diagnostic laboratory services available 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 is a part of the Hallmark MD Private Care Group, a membership medical practice. The clinic also offers virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results. Make an appointment today.

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