Medical Laboratory Services
Laboratory Services is open Monday-Friday from 7am to 7pm; and Saturday from 7am to noon for all Routine Out-Patient testing. Non-routine Outpatient testing, such as Newborn Screening or post-radiation testing that has to be performed on a Sunday is available by appointment, as well. If you need Non-Routine testing to be performed during our ‘Closed’ hours please call 307-746-3703 and make arrangements with one of our staff members. We are also available 24/7/365 for Emergency Department Services and urgent In-Patient care needs as directed by our Medical Staff.
To allow community members in and around Upton easier access without traveling to Newcastle each month, we perform blood draws at the Clinic in Upton on the 1st Wednesday of each month starting at 7 am till the last patient is drawn.
Diagnostic Service areas that we provide are:
- • Hematology – such as CBC’s for detecting anemia or infection
- • Coagulation – Monitoring clotting or bleeding disorders and medication
- • Chemistry – Monitoring general health for diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol levels, thyroid functions, cancer screening, etc.
- • Urinalysis – for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, hydration, medication monitoring etc.
- • Bacteriology – Identification of bacteria that cause infection and perform susceptibility testing to determine which antibiotics will be most effective for treatment options.
- • Serology – test for other infections such as Mono, Strep Throat, Pneumonia, pregnancy and many others.
- • Blood Bank – provide OB testing for expectant mothers, blood typing and antibody screens as well as providing Blood Units for transfusion for outpatients or in emergency cases.
Newcastle Wellness Wednesdays is EVERY WEEK from 6:30 – 8:30 am
Upton Wellness Wednesdays is the first and third Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 am
We offer specific laboratory tests at a reduced rate for our customers to enable everyone to have access to testing and the results for improving health in Weston County. Health and Wellness testing services is available in Newcastle every Wednesday from 6:30 am-8:30 am and the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Monument Health Clinic in Upton from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Customer Driven Blood Testing is not intended to replace the doctor-patient relationship. It is simply a way for patients to gain easier access to their own health data. Insurance billing (including Medicare) is not available at this time. Receipts for services (testing) requested and completed are available for the customer to turn in to their insurance providers for possible coverage. This is a terrific program that we are excited to bring to our county!
Non-prescription drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol consumption and fasting time (hours with no food or calorie intake) may affect your chemistry results over time. A (12) hour fast is recommended for the most accurate results.
Available Wellness Profile Tests:
□●□●$25.00 Chemistry Profile: Panel consists of 18 tests which give an overall picture of one’s general health. This screen gives a picture of your kidney and liver health as well as your blood glucose level, electrolytes, protein, uric acid, phosphorous, Iron level, cholesterol and thyroid (TSH).
□●$20.00 Lipid Profile: This panel is what you need if you are taking medication for cholesterol, and what your doctor will look at to monitor both good and bad cholesterol levels. It also helps you to determine your risk of developing heart disease or monitoring your response to medications, diet and other interventions to better your heart health. A 12 hour fast is recommended to obtain the most accurate results of your health picture. Recommended to be done 2-4 times per year for people who have high lipid levels.
□●$42.50 Anemia Profile: This is a complete screen for detection or monitoring of iron deficiency anemias. It includes a CBC with diff, Iron, TIBC, % SAT, and Ferritin.
□●$17.50 TSH: The thyroid gland produces and regulates hormones that influence the bodies metabolism. This test is used to screen for Thyroid disorders or to monitor treatment of hypo and hyper thyroidism. Recommended quarterly for medication monitoring, yearly for screening.
□●$30.00 Free T4: Thyroid panel for detectors of thyroid disorders; more inclusive than a TSH alone.
□● $27.50 PSA: For Men only, this is a screening test for prostate cancer and other non-cancerous disease. It is routinely performed on men over the age of 50 or men over the age of 40 with a family history of prostate cancer.
□● $40.00 Vitamin D: This is a test that is used to determine bone weakness, bone malformation, or abnormal metabolism of calcium which may occur as a result of Vitamin D deficiency or excess. Vitamin D is also thought to be very helpful in maintenance of health in that it is thought to help deter some types of cancers.
□● $25.00 Vitamin B12: Monitors B12 deficiency which is common in pernicious anemia, malabsorption due to surgical resection, and other inflammatory diseases of the intestine. This vitamin can also be elevated from dietary or vitamin intake, oral contraceptives and pregnancy. An elevated B12 is not know to cause any clinacl problems.
□●$22.50 CRP, C-Reactive Protein: This test is used as an inflammatory marker. It is generally elevated in response to inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis, or with tissue injuries or infection.
□●$25.00 Hemoglobin A1C: The A1C result provides a view of the average blood glucose levels in your body over the last three months. This is an effective tool in monitoring long-term glucose control in diabetic patients, and as a screening tool for those concerned about developing diabetes due to family history. This test is recommended to be done 2-4 times per year for diabetics.
□● $20.00 CBC/Diff Complete Blood Count With Differential: This is a complete blood count of white cell, red cell and platelet populations. It helps to screen for anemia, infections, leukemia and other disorders or conditions that may affect your blood cells
□● $25.00 Blood Type: This test determines your blood group and Rh type. It is important for expectant mothers to determine if they need Rh immune globulin therapy to avoid complications with the unborn child.
Understanding Your Results
Your lab results will be mailed to you within two weeks of your lab draw. Please review your Wellness lab testing results carefully. Results outside of our established “normal” are indicated by being in a bold or darker print and with a “H” or “L” next to the result. You will be contacted by WCHS for any critical results. The expected normal range (Reference range) is listed to the right side of the report. Normal results are in regular typeface (not bolded) and have no additional letters behind them. Some tests will have a character such as “i2” following the results, this indicates that there is additional data at the end of the report to help you interpret the result. Abnormal results do not necessarily require immediate medical attention, but we recommend that you contact your doctor or other healthcare provider for further evaluation. You are provided with two copies of your results. One can be taken by you to your physician. WCHS will not directly send your Wellness program results to your healthcare providers.
Occupational Screening for Employers
WCHS Laboratory employs Department of Transportation (DOT) Certified Urine Drug Screen and Blood Alcohol Testing (BAT) collectors. We are open for NON-DOT and
DOT employee screens M-F from 8am to 6pm. Appointments for testing are required so please call 307-746-3703 to schedule your employees for Pre-Employment, Random, Suspicion, Post-Accident and Follow-up needs. We also are available during ‘Off’ hours for Post-Accident or Suspicion testing with an additional “Call-Back” fee.
The Laboratory staff is here to provide excellent customer care and services. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions, or concerns that you may have 307-746-3737.