Note: Clinic closed until 10 a.m. the first Thursday and until noon on the third Thursday of each month.

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Medical Readiness Clinic (MRC) walk-in service is suspended until August due to Cadet Summer Training. Soldiers requiring MRC services prior to August should contact their respective unit Operations (S3) section to coordinate related requirements within the schedule of limited space available opportunities at Building 2020 for the months of June and July. August walk-in MRC dates will be provided once they are firmly established.

Health Services

Laboratory

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services (DPALS) is a full-service, College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited institution. Our mission is to provide quality care and customer service while promoting a trained, healthy, and ready force.
The CAP, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. CAP advocates accountable, high quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about CAP can be found at www.cap.org.

Fasting for Laboratory Tests

Patients have an important role in ensuring the accuracy of their blood tests.  To ensure that accurate and precise results are obtained, it is vital for patients to correctly prepare for the specific blood test(s) they are having.  Although some blood tests require no special preparation, most tests require fasting.
Fasting is a common type of preparation required for certain laboratory tests. It requires a patient to go without all or certain foods for 8 to 12 hours.  Patients may also be advised to avoid certain drinks, supplements, or medications.  Certain behaviors, such as smoking, excessive exercise, and dehydration may also alter some test results.  Your health care provider may ask you to avoid these activities before testing.

How Long Should You Fast?

Your doctor may recommend a certain time period for fasting. If they do not, the standard amount of time required is 8 to 12 hours of no food before having blood drawn. Plan to come to the laboratory and have your blood collected early in the morning so you will only need to fast overnight to meet requirements.

Fasting Dos and Don'ts

  • Do stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water with no additives or flavorings.
  • Do take prescribed medications unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • Do inform your health care provider of any supplements you are taking to determine if they will be included in the fast.
  • Don’t smoke, drink any liquid other than water, or exercise during your fast.
  • Don’t chew gum or eat candy during your fast.

Follow Doctors Orders

Because some tests have very specific requirements, follow your doctor's orders regarding fasting and "npo" status (nothing by mouth--including water) before having blood tests.

Glucose Tolerance Test / Gestational Diabetes Screening

The oral glucose tolerance test should be done in the morning after an overnight fast of between 8 and 14 hours.  During the three previous days the patient follows an unrestricted diet and unlimited physical activity.  The test involves quickly drinking a sweetened liquid (Glucola), which contains a designated glucose load and drawing blood to measure glucose levels at the start and at set time intervals thereafter.  The patient remains at the laboratory during testing and should not smoke throughout the test.  Due to the length of time involved to complete the test, it is recommended that patients not bring children with them.

Lab Results

The Laboratory staff is not authorized to release lab results to patients. There are three ways to get lab results:
  • MHS GENESIS Patient Portal
  • Provider's Office 
  • Medical Records 
For questions regarding your lab orders and/or lab results, please contact your provider team.
 

Contact Us

Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed 1st Thursday of the month 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3rd Thursday of the month 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Closed: Weekends and Federal Holidays

Phone

502-626-9942

Nurse Advice Line
1-800-TRICARE, option #1

Location

Building 871
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