Lab Services Specialist

Douglas Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Castle Rock, CO

Lab services are an essential component of health care, providing diagnostic testing and health monitoring that form the basis of individual treatment plans. The team at Douglas Family Medicine in Castle Rock, Colorado, provides outstanding primary care services for their patients, including onsite blood-draw services from a registered phlebotomist for prompt, convenient diagnoses. Call Douglas Family Medicine today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Lab Services Q & A

What are lab services?

Lab services are a fundamental support service for modern medical practices, clinics, and hospitals. Laboratory testing enables the team at Douglas Family Medicine to obtain an accurate and prompt diagnosis of your condition using samples such as blood or urine.

They can also monitor an existing condition, for example, testing your blood glucose levels if you have diabetes, or your TSH and free T4 factors if you have hypothyroidism. As well as blood and urine, you may also need to provide samples of saliva, sputum, or feces, or your practitioner could take samples of discharge fluids or cell swabs.

To take your blood sample safely, Douglas Family Medicine has a registered in-house phlebotomist. After drawing your blood, they send the sample to LabCorp or another testing lab that your insurance plan covers.

What kinds of tests do lab services run?

Lab services run many different kinds of tests, from identifying infections and other diseases to measuring the levels of specific substances in the sample. 

Tests can show whether you have too high a quantity or not enough of the essential vitamins and minerals in your body; measure hormone levels; identify cell changes that could be precancerous; and measure levels of toxins such as narcotics, poisons, and environmental pollutants.

In addition to standard lab tests, the onsite lab at Douglas Family Medicine specializes in CIMT (carotid intima-media thickness) testing to look for carotid atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries of the neck that can cause stroke), and fasting blood test panels, which are full lab studies that make use of an advanced method of lipid screening.

How are samples taken for lab services?

Blood is the most common testing medium. The registered in-house phlebotomist at Douglas Family Medicine inserts a needle into an accessible vein and withdraws one or more test tubes of your blood. You feel the prick of the needle as it goes in, but it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable. It helps to be well hydrated to ensure that your blood vessels stand out, so try to drink plenty of water before your blood test.

If you need to collect a waste product such as urine or feces, follow the instructions you’re given to ensure the sample doesn’t get contaminated, and deliver it promptly to the lab. You don’t need to feel embarrassed about handing in samples; all the staff in the lab are professionals whose only concern is carrying out the tests and finding information that helps patients get better.

If your practitioner needs to collect a sample from cells, for example, your vagina, nose, or throat, they use a cotton swab to gather enough cells and secure it in a test tube. The process may be a little uncomfortable, but the experience is usually over very quickly.

If you need lab services, Douglas Family Medicine provides expert facilities that are conveniently onsite. Call today if you have any concerns about your health, or book an appointment online.

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