Blood Draw-Laboratory Services
Wabash County Health Department is a LabCard collection site.
Clients need to bring in a doctors order.
If you need bloodwork and do not have insurance, or have insurance with a high deductible we have a self-pay service.
If you have private insurance or Medicaid, our services cannot be billed. Only LabCard can be accepted or you must self-pay.
LabCard and Self-Pay blood draws are by appointment only. Please call 618-263-3873. As a reminder, we do need all doctors orders to draw.
What To Know-Before You Go
To Fast or Not to Fast?
Many tests do not require fasting, but lipid panels (also known as cholesterol tests), glucose testing, and stool tests are a few that do. If your provider orders blood work during a visit, be sure to ask your provider if you need to fast beforehand.
Fasting means that, with the exception of water, you refrain from eating or drinking for a minimum of 8 hours (10 to 12 hours is preferable) prior to the draw. This means no coffee or tea, so save that morning trip to the café for after your draw. Taking your vitamins or medications is OK, though.
Water is Vital
Drinking water is highly encouraged before a blood draw. Being well-hydrated means your veins are full and easier for the phlebotomist (the person who draws your blood) to find. In essence, being well-hydrated could mean a quicker, less painful draw for you!
How To Use Your Lab Card
1. At your physician's office or a Lab Card collection site, show your healthcare card with the Quest Diagnostics and/or Lab Card logo and/or your separate Lab Card and verbally request to use the Lab Card Program. Lab Card is optional, if you do not use Quest Diagnostics Lab Card Program, your regular benefits will apply.
2. If your physician collects Lab Card specimens in their office, they can continue to do so. After the collection is complete, your physician must clearly mark Lab Card on the paperwork and call
1-800-646-7788 to request a Lab Card pick up.
3. If your physician does not collect specimens in his/her office, you
may find an approved collection site at www.labcard.com or by calling 1-800-646-7788. Site information, including locations, Lab Card hours and any special instructions are updated daily, so please visit the website or call 1-800-646-7788 before any visit.