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Laboratory

Shortly after you are admitted, a laboratory technician will probably take a sample of your blood to run a variety of tests so your condition can be properly diagnosed and the most effective treatment can be determined. All tests must be ordered by your physician.

The hospital's Pathology and Medical Laboratory Services department performs or coordinates all blood and body fluid analyses and tissue pathology analyses on both inpatients and outpatients. The results of these analyses are used to assist the physician in his or her diagnosis.

The clinical laboratory is divided into the areas of hematology, urinalysis, blood bank, microbiology, chemistry, histology and pathology. Each of these areas is staffed by highly trained professional technologists who are under the supervision of a board-certified pathologist.

Inpatient lab services

The inpatient lab is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to offer quality patient care. Most routine lab tests are completed within a few hours. There are specialized tests, however, that may take 24-48 hours or longer to complete.

Outpatient lab services

The outpatient lab is located in the Outpatient Services Building, 739 Hartness Road, on the campus of Iredell Memorial Hospital. Below are frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit.

What do you need to know before you arrive?

We must have a doctor’s order in order to do any lab work.

Your doctor may have faxed an order to us, but if they handed you an order for your lab work, please be sure and bring that order with you.

Where do you go when you arrive?

Please note the hours and appropriate locations below.

If you are having lab work done as an Outpatient Monday-Thursday during the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., or Friday 7:00 a.m. - Noon, please go to our Outpatient Lab in the Outpatient Services Building, which is located at 739 Hartness Road. This is on the campus of Iredell Memorial Hospital, directly behind the hospital. The Outpatient Services Building offers parking that is convenient to this location. They have their own registration clerk who will be able to get your registered and processed more quickly.

If you are having lab work done as an Outpatient after 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, after Noon on Friday, or on weekends, please come to the Main Lab within Iredell Memorial Hospital. It is located on the Lower Level. If you park directly outside the Emergency Department, the lab is down the hall on the right, directly across from our Imaging Department.

If you are having tests done in both the Imaging Department and lab work, please go directly to the Imaging Department first. You will get registered in the computer and will be given an account # that can be used for both your Imaging studies and your lab work. After the Imaging Department has completed their studies, you will come across the hall to the Laboratory to have your lab work done.

What do you need to bring with you?

  • the order for your lab work if your doctor gave you one
  • a valid driver’s license or photo ID for proper identification
  • your insurance information

What can you expect while you are here?

You can expect for your blood to be drawn by certified, skilled phlebotomists.

Is there anything important to know once you leave?

Some lab tests are run on-site and the results are available within minutes to a few hours. Other tests are sent out to our reference laboratory and the results may not be available for 24-48 hours.

Why should you choose Iredell over somewhere else?

  • Our laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologist (CAP), and has been for more than 30 years.
  • Our laboratory is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Our laboratory is divided into the areas of hematology, urinalysis, blood bank, microbiology, chemistry, histology and pathology. Each of these areas is staffed with highly trained professional technologists who are under the supervision of a board certified pathologist.

Blood bank

When a patient receives a blood transfusion, the blood is obtained from the American Red Cross Blood Bank. There is no charge for the blood itself; the charge appearing on your bill reflects what the Red Cross charges us for collecting and processing (including testing) the blood, plus our charge for determining type, cross-matching, storing and transfusion of the blood. For information about the Red Cross autologous program, call 1.800.532.0025 and ask for "special procedures."

We encourage you to urge your family and friends to donate blood to the Red Cross Bloodmobile so that blood will always be available when needed.