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Laboratory Services FAQs

What are the hours the Laboratory is open for outpatient testing?
The Laboratory is open 24 hours.

What laboratory tests require fasting?
For any tests that measure lipids (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL), patients should be fasting. Your physician may instruct you to fast for other tests as well.

When instructed to fast, how long should I fast?
Do not drink alcohol for 72 hours before the test. Do not eat or drink anything except water for 9 to 12 hours before the test. You may take medications with water during this time. 

Do I need a physician's order to have laboratory testing done?
Yes, a physician's order is required.

Do I report directly to the Laboratory with my physician's order for testing?
No, please report to the Outpatient Registration area when arriving at Licking Memorial Hospital for your laboratory tests. After the registration staff has obtained the necessary information, you will be directed to the adjacent Outpatient Laboratory.

In addition to the Outpatient Laboratory at LMH, there are three satellite sites available for specimen collection:
One Healthy Place (off Broad Street) in Pataskala
2000 Tamarack Road (off West Main Street) in Newark

May I have a copy of my laboratory results?
Yes, patients may have a copy of their results after completing an Authorization for Release of Medical Information form. We encourage patients to discuss their results with their physician. Please see Medical Records.

How long does it take to perform my laboratory tests?
The physician ordering your tests will receive your laboratory results for most tests within 24 - 48 hours.  Some tests, such as cultures or tests sent to reference laboratories may take longer.