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Our Services > Laboratory

Laboratory

The Humboldt General Hospital Laboratory is the only laboratory in Humboldt County that provides your physician with 24-hour access to your medical records and test results. By choosing us, you can rest assured that in an emergency, your doctor will have the most recent test results available whether they were performed as an inpatient, emergency patient, or outpatient. This continuum of care can play a vital role when there is an immediate need for decisive medical information.

We are committed to providing fast and efficient results for a broad range of tests including the specialty areas of: hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, coagulation, therapeutic drug monitoring, microbiology, blood banking, serology, surgical pathology, and cytology.

Our laboratory is licensed by the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance, Nevada State Health Division. Our pathology team works directly with our licensed laboratory professionals to provide accurate and reliable results utilizing the latest technology.

Laboratory Information

7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

(775) 623-5222, ext. 1561

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need an appointment?

A: Most lab tests are performed on a walk-in basis. The two exceptions to this are glucose tolerance testing and paternity test collections. For these tests please call the laboratory to schedule an appointment.

Q: What if I want to have a blood test but I don't have a physician?

A: A physician's order is required for any laboratory testing. To find the right physician for you, please visit Find a Provider.

Q: Do I need to check in at registration every time I come in for a lab test?

A: Each time you come in for testing your insurance company sees it as an individual visit. They require that you have a new account number, insurance verification, and your consent for treatment for each visit.

Q: Should I take medications before my blood draw?

A: It depends on the medication and how it is taken. Please ask your doctor about your medications before your lab draw.

Q: My paperwork says I should be fasting. What does that mean?

A: For fasting blood work, you do not eat or drink anything except water for 8-12 hours before your blood draw. Also, please refrain from chewing gum or using tobacco products.

Q: Do I have to fast for my test?

A: Your physician should tell you whether to fast for your lab tests. If you're not sure, please check with your physician, or call the lab at ext. 1561 for information.

Q: Can I get a copy of my results?

A: You have a right to get a copy of any of your test results from our Medical Records Department. We will need you to sign an authorization giving us legal permission to give you a copy of your laboratory results.

Q: When will my physician have my results?

A: The tests you have taken will determine how quickly your physician will get your completed results. Some results are available within hours, while others take a few days to complete. As soon as your tests are completed the results will be sent to your physician.

Q: What do my results mean? Who will explain them to me?

A: Only your physician can interpret your results and what they mean for you. For general information on laboratory tests and what they mean, go to www.labtestsonline.org.

Q: How much blood will be drawn?

A: A typical tube holds about 1 teaspoon of blood. A typical person has about 14 pints of blood in their body, which is about 1,344 teaspoons. Even if we draw more than one tube of blood, you can see that it's not very much compared to how much you have in your body.

Q: How much will my lab test(s) cost?

A: Please visit with one of Humboldt General Hospital's Patient Access to Healthcare representatives. They can help you understand how much each lab test will cost, what your insurance will pay and what your out-of-pocket expense will be. If you don't have insurance, they can check to see if you qualify for any funding programs. Please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1130 to speak with a Patient Access representative.