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What to Expect – Lab Services

If you’re wondering about why and when to get a screening, we can help.

Our skilled lab teams are here to answer all your questions about what to expect and provide the high quality testing you and your doctor depend on.

Reliable, convenient lab testing

From routine screenings to more complex testing, our lab professionals ensure you and your doctor get the accurate, timely lab information needed to guide your healthcare decisions.

Getting here

View our lab locations and hours, directions and parking information. Find a lab near you.

How to prepare for lab work

Many tests don’t require you to do anything in advance. Others may require you to fast or follow other instructions. Fasting usually means no eating or drinking anything after midnight on the night before the test. Your doctor will let you know if you need to do anything to prepare for your test.

What to bring

You may be asked to collect a urine or stool specimen at home to drop off. Your doctor will provide you with a special container and let you know the best way to collect the specimen. 

Please be sure to bring a form of ID and your insurance card.

Blood tests

If you are having a blood test, a phlebotomist (a person who draws blood) will use a needle to take a sample of blood. In most cases, blood is drawn from a vein in your arm, so wear clothing that allows access to your forearm. Some of our labs offer special technology to help phlebotomists see your veins, resulting in safer, more accurate blood draws.

Your test results

Your doctor will collaborate with our expert laboratory technicians and pathologists to interpret your test results and will talk with you about what they mean. As a SCL Health patient, you can view your results through MyChart.

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