Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What are the Laboratory hours?
Answer: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm and Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Question: Do I need to call ahead for labwork?
Answer: Yes if you are not scheduled for a doctor’s appointment at the same time.
Question: Do I need to fast?
Answer: That depends. For lipid (cholesterol) testing, 3-hour glucose tolerance tests, yes you must fast or be rescheduled. For 1-hour glucose screening and most other lab tests (i.e. thyroid, progesterone, etc.) fasting is not required.
Question: Do I need to schedule my lab tests?
Answer: Yes. Only the 3-hour glucose tolerance test requires a specific time frame. However, we recommend all other tests may be done between 8:00am – 9:00am for your convenience to reduce wait time.
Question: Is your laboratory certified?
Answer: Yes it is! We are inspected and certified by CLIA – a laboratory oversight government agency. OurLab Technicians are also certified by nationally recognized organizations.
Question: Will I just get my finger poked or will the blood come out of my arm?
Answer: That depends. It will most likely be taken out of your arm. The 1-hour glucose screen is an example of when we just stick your finger.
Question: What are the instructions for the 1-hour glucose screen?
Answer: This test involves drinking a glass of sugar solution and having a blood sample taken from your finger an hour afterward. If you know you are having a glucose screen at your next appointment. You do not need to fast for this test, please eat as you normally would. Tell the receptionist when you arrive and the Lab staff will call you back before your appointment. If the test is normal, there will be no further testing. If the result reveals a high blood sugar, you will be scheduled for further testing.
Question: What are the instructions for the 3-hour glucose tolerance test?
Answer: You need to be fasting for 12 hours prior to your test. Nothing to eat, but you can drink all the water you want. It is okay to take your prenatal vitamins, and any other medications that can be taken without food. Start time is 8am sharp. Please tell the front desk that you are here for your 3-hour glucose test. We will call you back to the lab and draw your blood to check your fasting blood sugar first. Then we will give you a drink similar to the one you had with your glucose screen, only it has twice the glucose content, and it is lemon-lime flavored, not orange. Then we will draw your blood and check your glucose at 1, 2 and 3 hours after you’ve had your drink. Bring a good book, crafts, or paperwork to do because you will be here for 3 hours. You need to stay in the building the entire time, and remember to wear a watch because you are responsible for watching the time and coming back to the lab when required. If you have questions, please call our Lab at 601-684-9116 and if you need to reschedule, please let us know as soon as possible.