Blood work and other lab services are an integral part of a healthy life, which is why the team at A.L.M.S Community Health Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, includes these services as part of the practice. You can rest assured that the testing you need is available in-house, with no extensive wait times for results. If you or a loved one is overdue for routine lab work, call the office today to book an appointment or schedule using the simple online booking tool.

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Why is blood work so important?

Your medical team uses a wide range of tools to gain insight into how well your body functions. Blood work is one of those tools, providing detailed information about your health.

Blood work is a routine part of health care, but many practices don’t offer the service in-house. That means you have to schedule a separate appointment and travel to a different office to have these tests conducted. Wait times can also be lengthy, and communication between the lab and your practitioner is not always prompt. Having lab services available through your primary care provider is a convenient and efficient option.

What information can lab services provide?

Blood work, urinalysis, and other lab services give your practitioner the information they need to guide your health care. Some of the ways these services are used include:

  • Looking for signs of disease
  • Checking that an existing health condition is properly managed
  • Determining the cause of an infection
  • Ensuring your medications work as intended
  • Ruling out diseases when working toward a diagnosis
  • Having these tests run on a routine basis is a great way to ensure you’re as healthy as possible.

Is blood work and other lab testing painful?

The professionals who draw blood for lab services are highly skilled and experienced. The entire process takes less than 10 minutes, and isn’t painful.

If you’re squeamish about blood draws or had a negative experience with past lab work, just let your team member know when you arrive for your appointment. You can listen to music or lie down during your blood draw, and take as much time as you need before you leave to get back into the swing of your daily routines.

What kinds of lab services are available?

A routine blood draw can be used to test for a vast array of health issues. Some of the tests commonly performed include:

  • Complete blood count
  • Thyroid panel
  • Enzyme markers
  • Basic metabolic panel
  • STD tests
  • Nutrient levels
  • Glucose testing
  • Kidney function
  • Liver function
  • Cholesterol levels

This is far from a comprehensive list. Your provider can order numerous tests as part of your blood work lab services, and will explain which options are right for your particular set of needs.

In addition to blood work, the lab also performs urine testing. Urine testing helps diagnose a urinary tract infection, look for signs of kidney stones, check for pregnancy, or screen for drug use.

Get started with lab services by booking an appointment at A.L.M.S Community Health Center today. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to set up a visit.