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. Hours of service
are Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information,
If you have questions about the tests being performed, we encourage you
to ask your physician.
Iredell Memorial's laboratory is fully accredited by the College of
American Pathologists and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations. By consistently meeting the high standards of the CAP,
the laboratory has held accreditation for more than 30 years.
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.