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What are diagnostic laboratory services?

Diagnostic laboratory services include tests done on your blood, urine, or tissues. A technician or doctor examines samples to determine if you are healthy, as well as compare them to previous samples to see how a disease may be developing, or how you are responding to treatment or medication. There are hundreds of diseases and conditions that a lab can test for. Some common ones include STDs like Chlamydia and gonorrhea, allergies, anemia, hepatitis, diabetes, Lyme disease, tuberculoses, pregnancy, various skin conditions, and many kinds of cancer. Anyone, from newborn age onward, can be tested in a laboratory. Your Matthews, NC family practice offers diagnostic laboratory services on-site for all of your medical needs.

Interpreting the lab report

Although your lab technician will explain your results to you, it is good to know how to read a standard lab report. It will first list your name, address, test date, and report date. It will also detail the name of your doctor who authorized the test, the specimen and where it was taken from, the name of the test performed, and the results. Depending on the kind of test, results will either be quantitative, like cholesterol level, or qualitative, like a pregnancy test, in which the result is either yes or no. Having a lab on-site means your results are timely, and that there is greater emphasis on having you understand them, and work with you to provide treatment as needed.

Conner Family Health Clinic

The Conner Family Health Clinic is a membership medical practice located in Matthews, NC. Their office has a staff phlebotomist, who is on site four half days per week for patients who need laboratory work to be done immediately, at the time of their appointment. The lab is CLIA waived, meaning it meets the criteria of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, set in 1988. This means there is a lower chance of errors in the course of laboratory testing because higher standards are met.

Having a CLIA waived lab also means patients can receive rapid strep tests, flu tests, diabetes monitoring, pregnancy tests, and urinalysis with quick results, and then pick up any needed prescriptions or receive treatment that day, all in one location. A phlebotomist is someone who is trained to draw blood, either for donations, research, transfusions, or medical testing. They collect blood mostly from finger sticks and venipuncture, which is the collecting of blood via the veins. Phlebotomists are trained in how to prepare patients for testing, collect samples, store specimens, interpret results, and maintain a clean, safe environment.

As a mebership medical practice, the Conner Family Health Clinic has a number of other benefits, including 24/7 doctors on call, an in-house pharmacy, and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. The Conner Clinic opened in January of 2005, and prides itself on excellent, individualized patient care.

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