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Diagnostic laboratory services right nearby

Suppose you find yourself suffering from weakness, fatigue, frequent thirst and a general blah feeling. You make an appointment to see your doctor, who informs you that you may be suffering from anemia. In order to know for certain, a small sample of your blood will need to be sent to a diagnostic laboratory for hemoglobin and hematocrit tests. You immediately begin to wonder how long diagnostic laboratory services take in a case like this, and how far out of your way you will have to drive to get to the lab.

As it happens, you are in luck. Your hospital or clinc has an in house lab which can do the work at the time of your appointment. 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. She asks your name, just to make sure she is getting a sample from the right person. Then she explains the procedure. Then, after cleaning and disinfecting the area and applying a topical anaesthetic, she draws the blood. She cleans and bandages the puncture and lets you know how long to leave the bandage on. Then she brings it to the lab, which she says is CLIA waived. What this means is that 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 designed to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can have serious medical consequences if acted upon.

You receive the test results in a few days. Diagnostic laboratory services are something every really good hospital or clinic needs. They let your doctor test you for pregnancy or diagnose anemia, diabetes, tuberculosis, hepatitis or Lyme disease. They can also diagnose allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer.

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. Make an appointment today.

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