Creekside Family Practice
Family Medicine located in Huntsville, AL
Lab tests are a crucial part of diagnosing illnesses and starting patients on the path to treatment. The doctors at Creekside Family Practice in Huntsville, Alabama, know that the sooner you get results, the faster you can get healthy. That’s why we have an in-house lab to streamline to process.
Lab Testing Q & A
Why are lab tests needed?
Your provider might order a lab test to confirm or reach a diagnosis. The team at Creekside Family Practice is committed to providing you with the most comprehensive laboratory testing solutions to keep any potential complication at bay or to track the progress of an existing treatment.
What are the benefits of in-house lab tests?
Creekside Family Practice performs many lab tests at the practice. Doing them in-house saves you time in not having to go to other places, and it ensures you get your results quicker. Results are often available within a few days.
It’s possible that your insurance may require your tests to be performed at another facility. In this case, your doctor will give you a referral to go elsewhere. Once those additional tests are completed, the results will be sent back to your provider for review.
Who should you contact about your lab results?
Since most of the lab tests are performed at Creekside Family Practice, you can call the office directly. In most cases, your results will be available within a few days. If you have not heard from us about your results after a week, it is reasonable to reach us to check on your results. It is always our policy to contact our patients about results.
Who analyzes the lab results?
The advantage of having in-house lab tests is that your primary care physician will oversee the tests from start to finish. As a result, they’ll be able to formulate the most comprehensive diagnostic assessment and treatment plan.
How do you prepare for a lab test?
Depending on the test prescribed by your doctor, you may need to fast for at least eight hours prior to having your blood drawn in order to ensure that your blood work is accurate.
Your doctor will tell you which tests require fasting and which ones allow for a small meal beforehand. Make sure, however, that you drink plenty of water before and after the test to prevent dehydration.
Talk to your doctor about any questions you have about lab tests at the time of your visit.