LabCorp has a nationwide network of labs for specimen collection.
We strive to make your experience at the lab as stress-free as possible with conveniently located facilities and hours of operation that accommodate your busy schedule. Our staff is committed to providing a professional environment for each client during the specimen collection process.
LabCorp provides routine adult and pediatric specimen collections for diagnostic testing and screening. In addition to routine blood and urine specimen collections, many of our locations offer other procedures such as urine drug screens, paternity collections, and breath alcohol testing. LabCorp's skilled staff works diligently to provide each client prompt and professional service.
What should I expect when I have a lab test?
Your role in the performance of a lab test is to provide a specimen that will be analyzed in a laboratory. The specimen you provide might be a small amount of a body fluid, such as blood, saliva, semen, or urine, or a sample of stool or hair. You can be assured that LabCorp staff will make the specimen collection process as safe, quick, and comfortable as possible while safeguarding your dignity and privacy.
When visiting your physician, ask what test is being performed, why the test needs to be done, what you can expect the procedure to be like, when you can expect to hear about your test results, and how the test results will affect the course of your care.
Do I need to do anything special to prepare for a lab test?
Sometimes special preparation is required to improve the accuracy of a test. This may involve fasting (not eating any or certain foods) for several hours or even overnight, drinking more or less water than usual, or avoiding certain medications or vitamin and herbal supplements before the test. If you are delivering a specimen to the lab, there might be special instructions for transporting the specimen. Your physician should provide you with written instructions for preparing for your test. Follow those instructions exactly as they are written. If you are not certain if special preparation is required, or if you have questions about the instructions you were given, contact your physician’s office.
If you did not follow the test preparation instructions you received from your physician, let the staff at the specimen collection lab know about this before your specimen is collected.
Visit the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's Lab Tests Online Web site to review additional tips to help you prepare for laboratory testing.
What items do I need to take to the LabCorp specimen collection lab?
When visiting a specimen collection lab, you should bring the following information with you:
- The LabCorp test request form from a health care professional requesting laboratory testing
- A current insurance identification card (Medicare, Private Insurance or HMO/PPO)
- A photo ID (for example, a driver's license or employee identification badge)
- A health spending account card, credit card, or account debit card
Drug testing note: Children must be supervised at all times while at our patient service centers. You may not bring children inside the collection area during a drug screen procedure. Please plan ahead.
Are there special requirements for collecting specimens from minor children?
Generally, minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. LabCorp is required to obtain authorization for the collection procedure and the billing of tests as ordered by a physician. If you are not the child’s legal guardian, you may need to provide a notarized statement signed by the minor’s parent or legal guardian that authorizes you to provide this permission.
Who will report my test results to me?
The physician who ordered the test or a member of his or her office staff will contact you regarding your test results.
Patients may receive lab test results directly after those results have been released to the ordering physician. LabCorp Beacon®: Patient is a free, secure Web-based service that allows you to view, download, and print your LabCorp lab test results.* To learn more visit LabCorp Beacon: Patient. It’s safe, secure, and easy to create an account and access your LabCorp test results.
*Available to US residents only.
Please do not contact the lab where your specimen was collected with questions about your test results.
How soon can I expect to receive my test results?
Depending on the complexity of the test being performed, it could take as little time as a few hours to as much as several days before your results are reported to your doctor. When visiting your physician, ask how soon he or she expects your test results to be available and how long you should wait before contacting the office if you have not received any news about your test results.
Can I order my own tests directly from LabCorp?
Lab testing must be ordered by a licensed health care professional or that person's authorized designee.
My doctor provided a test request form for a different laboratory. My insurance requires I use LabCorp. Do I need to go back to my doctor for a LabCorp test request form?
Test requests can be accepted on non-LabCorp forms. Our staff will verify the testing details with the ordering provider. Please bring the test request form your doctor provided, along with your insurance information and identification, to your local LabCorp facility. You can use our Web site to find locations near you and to schedule appointments.
My doctor ordered tests, but I never had the testing done. I still have the old test order form. Can I come in and be tested or do I need to go back to my doctor for a new form?
Most test orders are valid for at least 6 months (unless your doctor has specified otherwise). If your lab testing order is more than 6 months old, please contact your doctor for a new form.
Are appointments required?
Appointments are not required but may help to reduce your wait time. Our locations are generally busiest from opening until 10:00 AM. If withholding food and/or beverages is not required for your test, you may wish to schedule an appointment during off-peak hours.