Among the wide range of testing performed in the department are biopsies, PAP smears, cross matching for transfusions, glucose and HbA1c levels, culturing of infectious disease organisms and STD testing. Tests that are not done in-house are sent to reference laboratory in Tampa.
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- Patients referred by all physicians can access the phlebotomy service from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday. No appointment is required.
- The laboratory accepts all requests both from private and BVIHSA physicians.
- All lab requests (except blood type for drivers’ license) must be accompanied by a valid laboratory request form.
- Your physician will inform you if you are required to fast before your blood test. If you are fasting please come to phlebotomy as early as possible.
- All patients must present their forms to the admissions desk before proceeding to the laboratory.
- The laboratory can be contacted if there are any queries regarding patient preparation, test choice, results or clinical interpretation.
- Patients should be instructed to fast prior to blood test where appropriate.
- Clinical details are essential for interpreting results and determining additional testing. Please supply as much clinical information as possible.
- Because of the labile nature of many of the components measured in the laboratory, it is essential to deliver the samples to the laboratory as speedily as possible.
- Samples for General Clinical Chemistry and PT/PTT must arrive in the laboratory within 4 hours of sampling.
- The results of laboratory tests will be made available to most patients through their physicians and not directly from the laboratory.
- It is necessary for some patients to pick up their results (private and overseas physicians). These patients may collect their results directly.
- The results of routine examinations are normally available within 24hours. More specialized investigations may take longer.
- It is the policy of the Laboratory Department to telephone the requesting clinician with all urgent or abnormal results (subject to defined criteria within each laboratory).