Laboratory

Customer service is very important to the entire Laboratory team at Stephens County Hospital.  We strive to exceed your expectations.  We welcome you to complete a service survey upon completion of your visit, just ask the phlebotomist and she will be happy to provide you with one.

We are accredited by CAP and offer a full menu of clinical lab tests based on the needs of the patient as well as the needs of the Medical Staff.   The primary function of the Laboratory is to assist physicians in the diagnosis of disease as well as monitoring various medical conditions.   Laboratory test results comprise up to 70% of the measurable data in the medical record therefore the Laboratory is a very important diagnostic tool for the medical staff.  The Laboratory at Stephens County Hospital is staffed by certified technologists and support personnel and is led by a Board Certified Pathologist.

Areas of the Laboratory include:

Blood Bank

Chemistry

Coagulation

Cytology

Hematology

Histology

Immunochemistry

Microbiology

Molecular Diagnostics

Serology

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Urinalysis

 

Laboratory Services FAQs

Do I need an appointment?

Most lab tests are performed on a walk-in basis. The three exceptions to this are glucose tolerance testing, semen analysis and therapeutic phlebotomy.   For these tests please call the laboratory to schedule an appointment.

What are the hours the Laboratory is open for outpatient blood draws?

Stephens County Hospital Laboratory is available to the public from 7:30 AM until 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.  On the weekends, we are open from 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM.

What laboratory tests require fasting?

Common tests your physician will want you to fast include; glucose, cholesterol and
other lipid type tests.  Fasting is defined as 8-12 hours without food or drink. This also includes chewing gum and the use of tobacco, water is ok.

Should I stop my medications prior to having my blood drawn?

Do not stop taking any medication you have been prescribed unless your physician instructs you to do so.

Do I need a physician's order to have laboratory testing done?

Yes, a physician’s order is required.

Do I report directly to the Laboratory with my physician's order for testing?

No, you first must be registered before going to the Lab.  Between the hours of 7:30AM – 4:30PM, enter the Outpatient/New Impressions entrance located at the back of the hospital.  For after hours, 4:30PM – 7:00PM and weekends, go to our Emergency Department to be registered.

How long does it take to perform my laboratory tests?

Generally, lab tests performed at SCH will be available to the physician the next day.  Microbiology testing takes longer, 48-72 hours is typical for a final report. For those tests we do not analyze in-house and need to send to another laboratory it may take several days to get a final report.

May I have a copy of my laboratory results?

You have the right to your laboratory results.  All you have to do is complete a Release of Information form.  You can get these at our Medical Records Department.  Once completed, Medical Records will be happy to give you a copy of your results.

What do my results mean?

Lab results are not always easy to interpret.  Its best to have your clinician explain what the results mean.  For general information on laboratory tests and what they mean, go to www.labtestsonline.org.