Some physicians require patients to fast prior to their blood work. If your physician has requested you to fast, do not eat or drink anything (except water) 8-12 hours prior to lab testing.
Accessing Test Results
Test results are available on the hospital’s Patient Portal. If it is your first visit to Gibson General Hospital, an email will be sent with a link and instructions on how to register.
No appointment is necessary for routine testing.
Understanding Your Tests
Your doctor will consider your age, gender and other health factors, as well as what you eat and drink and what medicines you take. It is important to follow pre-test instructions and to talk with your doctor about your results.
Laboratory tests may be done for many reasons
- Routine health screenings
- If a disease or toxicity is suspected
- To determine if a medical condition is improving or worsening
- To measure the success or failure of a medication
- To comply with professional, regulatory or legal reasons
- Due to changes in the way your body naturally functions through the course of a day, lab tests may need to be performed at a certain time of day. If you have prepared for a test by changing your food or fluid intake, lab tests may be timed in accordance with those changes. Timing of tests may be based on increased and decreased levels of medications, drugs or other substances in the body.
- Be prepared to show us your insurance card at each visit.
- Provide a lab order which should include a diagnosis (ICD-10 code) and should be signed by the ordering physician. Please be aware that we cannot perform ANY lab tests without a signed doctor's order. Occasionally, your doctor may call or fax a lab order directly to us. These are kept in our files until you arrive.
- For certain tests, we may ask if you have been fasting. Please verify with your doctor if fasting is required before having the test done.