Primary Care Laboratory, Screening, and Testing Services
Primary care providers offer laboratory, screening, and testing services to patients.
Primary care providers can quickly diagnose and treat any illnesses or conditions identified through testing. This helps improve patient outcomes and promote good health.
These services help patients stay healthy, reduce the risk of certain illnesses, and promote overall well-being.
A lab test or screening can be stressful and uncomfortable for a patient. A primary care provider will care for the patient’s feelings and provide reassurance as needed. A primary care provider will make sure a patient feels as comfortable and supported as possible during a test or screening.
Laboratory and Testing Services
Primary care laboratories typically provide the following services:
- Blood work
- Cholesterol testing
- Fecal Testing
- Glucose Levels
- Hemoglobin A1C
- Hormone Levels
- Lipid panel
- Metabolic panel
- Pulmonary function tests
- Pregnancy tests
- Throat Culture
- STD screenings
- Vitamin D Levels
Primary care providers offer a wide range of screening services to detect medical conditions early and help prevent future health problems.
These screenings include:
What happens after a laboratory test or screening test?
After a laboratory test or screening test, the results are typically sent to a healthcare provider for evaluation and interpretation. There may be additional steps that need to be taken before an accurate diagnosis can be made. Once all tests are complete, the healthcare provider can provide an accurate diagnosis and discuss treatment options with the patient.
How often should you receive a lab test?
It is recommended that people undergo a basic metabolic panel (BMP) once a year. This BMP test measures kidney and liver functions as well as electrolyte levels. Your healthcare provider can help you determine the best testing schedule for your individual needs.
What should I do before receiving lab work?
Talk with your doctor about any medications you may be taking – some can interfere with laboratory tests. Avoid eating or drinking anything (other than water) 8-12 hours prior to your appointment as this can affect the results.