Laboratory Services Gets Results.
The laboratory at Pinckneyville Community Hospital is accredited by the College of American Pathologists, the "Gold Standard" of laboratory accreditation agencies. The laboratory is a full service clinical laboratory, providing a large testing menu. The laboratory is equipped with the latest instruments and technologies to assist in the analysis of body fluids, cells and tissue.
Testing can be performed with a physician's order, and results for most tests are available within 24 hours or less. Testing not performed in-house is typically available within 72 hours.
The lab is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support to the Emergency and Acute Care Departments. No appointment is necessary, and you can expect efficient outpatient services.
When you arrive, enter through the main lobby and follow the signage to the Hospital Registration Department. After you've registered, proceed to the laboratory reception area, located just past the registration desks. The individual at the window will gladly help you. If no one is available at the window, please pick up the phone for assistance. If staff is helping patients in the Emergency Room/Acute Care, a sign will be posted and they will be with you as soon as possible. Please be sure to bring the lab test order if the doctor has given it to you, as the lab cannot process tests without orders. If you are having a drug screen collected, you will also need a photo ID.
Some laboratory tests require fasting. The laboratory defines fasting as no food or drink (including coffee, soda, candy, gum, and mints) or smoking for 10-12 hours before the blood is drawn. Patients may drink water and take medication, unless their physician has told them otherwise. Patients with questions about their fasting regimen may call the lab at 357-8800.