Diagnosing your health condition may require careful testing and evaluation of your blood, urine or body tissue. Spencer Hospital’s full-service laboratory performs a variety of tests to help evaluate your health.
Our laboratory professionals perform a variety of testing services from basic wellness and pre-employment screenings to complex orders from physicians specializing in oncology, pathology and other medical disciplines.
When are lab tests done?
If you are an inpatient at the hospital, most lab tests are collected in the morning, prior to your breakfast for most accurate results. Depending on your illness, your physician may require additional testing throughout the day.
Many laboratory tests are performed on an outpatient basis. The lab is available for outpatient services beginning from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, or by appointment for your convenience.
Who collects and tests my blood?
Your blood is collected and tested by professionally accredited members of the laboratory staff, overseen by a medical doctor specializing in the area of laboratory medicine. Spencer Hospital also works with regional and national reference laboratories to perform some tests. In these cases, your blood is collected at Spencer Hospital and sent to these laboratories for testing.
When will results of my lab tests be available?
Depending on the type and number of tests ordered by your physician, the time to receive results can vary. Once completed, your lab results are made immediately available to your physician, either through the electronic medical record, fax, or phone call. Your physician will interpret and notify you of the results of your lab tests.
Spencer Hospital’s Laboratory is located on the first floor. Outpatients should first stop at Patient Registration, which is also located on first floor, and then will be directed to the laboratory reception desk. Complimentary valet parking services are available weekdays from 5:30 AM – 4 PM.
Spencer Hospital’s laboratory is certified under CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act) and also participates in the American Association of Blood Bank’s quality certification program.