What is laboratory testing?

Laboratory testing provides information (lab results) about the state of your health by the use of tests on blood, tissue or body fluid specimens.

Why do I need laboratory tests?

Health care providers use lab tests, along with your medical history, a physical exam and other tests, to make health care decisions that are vital to promoting better health and longer life for you.

How are laboratory tests used?

Lab tests are useful in three ways:

  1. Screening: Lab tests identify the risk of disease or a medical condition in patients who present no symptoms. This allows for early diagnosis, which enables doctors to better treat or to prevent disease from occurring. Good examples are the Pap test and cholesterol levels.

  2. Diagnosis: Lab tests help identify or exclude the presence of a condition or an illness in patients who have symptoms. Examples include a pregnancy test or a blood count for anemia. Sometimes lab tests tell the practitioner what stage a disease is in.

  3. Management: Lab tests help doctors determine the prognosis or course a disease is likely to take, monitor how the disease progresses, determine if a disease is recurring and decide on what drugs or other treatments will be likely to help a patient. Antibiotic susceptibilities that predict how an infection will respond to specific drugs are an example of this type of test.

How long does it take to get lab test results?

Most test results are delivered to the health care provider who ordered the test within 24 hours of when the test is performed. Some tests take longer to complete. Nearly all test results are reported to the provider within a week.

Where can I learn more about the laboratory tests my provider has ordered?


Can I request my own laboratory tests?

Individuals cannot order tests due to state regulatory requirements. However, if you are interested in having a specific laboratory test performed, please ask your health care provider if the test is appropriate for you and if he/she can order the test(s) for you.

How can I obtain a copy of my lab results?

At the collection facility, notify registration that you would like a copy of your lab results.  They will complete the appropriate form and the laboratory will mail results to you.  If you would like the  results given to you directly or by email please contact Health Information Services at 860-358-6222 and select "0" to speak to a Customer Service Representative.  If you would like the results from a previous visit, contact the Laboratory at 860-358-6160 or Health Information Services at 860-358-6222 for guidance.

Are my lab results available online?

Contact your provider to see if they offer this option to patients.

Do I need to fast before having bloodwork collected?

Some blood tests do require fasting prior to having your blood drawn. Please contact your health care provider to determine the requirements for your specific testing.

Where can I find the hours of operation for Middlesex Hospital’s patient testing locations?


Does Middlesex Hospital accept my insurance?

Middlesex Hospital accepts all insurances. Contact your insurance company if you have specific questions about your benefits.


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