One of the most important things in determining the accuracy and reliability of your laboratory test is
you, the individual. After all, it is a sample from your body – blood, urine, or some other specimen –
on which the test will be performed. Therefore, it is essential that you do the following to ensure that
the results are useful:
1. Follow instructions, if there are any, to prepare for the specific test you are having performed
2. Alert the person collecting your sample if you have not followed the instructions and how you
3. Inform Dr. Neighbors of any medications (including herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements)
you might currently be taking or particular foods you have eaten within the day prior to the test.
Many tests require no special preparation, but for those that do, be certain to keep to the
instructions given. If you are ever unclear about the instructions, be sure to call and ask.
Some of the more common types of preparation required for testing include fasting (going without all
or certain foods) for several hours before the test or even overnight. Certain tests may require you
to increase or decrease the amount you drink in the 10 to12 hours before the test. There may be
some foods and medications you will need to avoid which you will be told about, or you may be
asked not to smoke before the test.
Examples of some frequent laboratory tests that require advance preparation include:
- Lipid Panel (cholesterol) - overnight fasting is required
- Hemoglobin A1C (sugar) - overnight fasting is required
- 24 Hour Urine - please pick-up detailed instructions
Finally, with pathology laboratory testing, like other aspects of medical care, it is crucial that you are
open and honest with your health care provider. Just as you should give them your complete
personal, medical, and family history, tell them about any medications that you are taking at the time
of testing, including herbal remedies and supplements, as these can affect the results. You also may
be asked about the amount of alcohol you consume or tobacco products you smoke. Providing
complete, accurate information helps to ensure the reliability of your test results.
Appointment Changes and Test Results
If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment call the office at 882-6085. Please call at least 24
hours in advance. If you reschedule your lab please remember to reschedule the follow-up at that
time. Dr. Neighbors will need your lab results back prior to your recheck appointment.
After your lab is complete most of the time results will then be sent to Dr Neighbors within 48 hours.
She will go over the results with you at your recheck appointment which should be scheduled within
a few weeks of your lab appointment. If she did not request a follow-up with you after she reviews the
report a nurse will call you with the results.
Patients will receive a separate bill from Huntsville Hospital. Please call the number on that bill with
any billing questions.
Have More Questions?
Doctor Neighbors will explain your laboratory results at your next appointment. Then, if you need
more details you may find just what you need at Understanding Your Laboratory Test.
Laboratory Test Preparation