The health department is equipped with a state of the art laboratory which is capable of performing the majority of all test ordered by the physicians. For those tests which are not capable of being run at the in-house lab, a reference lab is used with a turn-around time of 48 hours, excluding cultures.
Patients who see outside providers can bring their lab order to the health clinic lab for testing with the results being sent directly to the outside provider. . This saves the patient from having to travel outside of the Poarch community to have lab work done.
The Health Department cannot release lab results ordered by outside physicians to Tribal Member. The test results must be obtained from the ordering physician.
When scheduling an appointment to have blood work done, please find out if you need to be fasting (nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before) prior to having the blood drawn.