Laboratory Services at Longmont United Hospital
Longmont United Hospital Laboratory is a full service clinical laboratory
dedicated to providing high-quality laboratory services in the most responsive
way. Our three board certified pathologists, Doctors Carlyne D. Cool,
Todd M. DeBoom & Dawn R. Pavot, lead the registered and highly trained
laboratory staff. The laboratory maintains current accreditation with
the College of American Pathologists and The Joint Commission.
If you would like additional information on any of our services or if you
have questions, please call the LUH laboratory at 303-651-5076.
The Anatomic Pathology Department is directed by our pathologists. The
Histology laboratory is staffed with ASCP registered histotechnologists.
Cytology services are also offered in Anatomic Pathology. ASCP registered
cytotechnologists prepare and evaluate non-gyn specimens, as well as screen
conventional and ThinPrep© pap smears.
The Blood Bank offers complete testing and transfusion services. Blood
and blood products are obtained from Belle Bonfils Blood Center in Denver.
The Clinical Pathology Laboratory is staffed by board-certified Medical
Technologists and Technicians who perform a comprehensive menu of testing
procedures in Hematology, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring,
Immunochemistry, Serology and Microbiology.
For a complete list of lab tests and additional information about common
lab tests, please visit the
Colorado Laboratory Services website. Utilize the alphabetical directory search menu on the left-hand side
to find the test you're looking for.
Monday - Friday 7am to 5pm
Stat laboratory work can be performed after hours by checking in at the
ED registration desk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment?
Most lab tests are performed on a walk-in basis. The two exceptions to
this are glucose tolerance testing and paternity test collections. For
these tests please call the laboratory to schedule an appointment.
How do lab tests help maintain your health?
The quality and accuracy of your laboratory test results are used by your
doctor to diagnose your health, develop a course of treatments, if needed,
and measure the effectiveness of your treatments. Did you know that 70%
of the measurable data in your medical record are laboratory results?
When your lab work is performed by Longmont United Hospital Laboratory,
the results become part of your comprehensive medical record and are used
to make important diagnostic and treatment decisions that affect your health.
Who will perform your lab tests?
All laboratory testing is not equal. At Longmont United Hospital testing
is performed by registered and highly qualified laboratory personnel.
These are the same people that perform your laboratory tests when you
are in the hospital. We care about the impact your health has on you and
your family because we are part of your community.
How accessible is the Longmont United Hospital Laboratory to you and your
When your physician has a question about your laboratory tests, they turn
to the professionals they know personally- the pathologists at Longmont
United Hospital. Our Laboratory team consists of board-certified pathologists,
ASCP certified Medical Technologists, Cytologists, Histotechnologists,
and a highly experienced team of phlebotomists.
What if I want to have a blood test but I don't have a physician?
The laboratory recommends finding a physician with any general health question.
In order to have a blood test you will need a physician order.
Do I need to check in at registration every time I come in for a lab test?
Each time you come in for testing your insurance company sees it as an
individual visit. They require that you have a new account number, insurance
verification, and your consent for treatment for each visit.
Where is registration and how do I get there?
When you come to Longmont United Hospital please utilize the FREE valet
parking that we offer to all of our patients and visitors. Simply drive
to the main entrance and our friendly parking attendants will keep your
car safe until you are ready to leave. Our valet service operates Monday
through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
To find out how to get to Registration, go to the information desk in the
main lobby. The volunteer staff will either give you directions or escort
you to Registration.
Should I take medications before my blood draw?
It depends on the medication and how it is taken. Please ask your doctor
about your medications before your lab draw.
My paperwork says to be fasting. What does that mean?
For fasting blood work, you do not eat or drink anything except water for
8-12 hours before your blood draw. Also, please refrain from chewing gum
or using tobacco products.
Do I have to fast for my test?
Many lab tests require fasting, however your physician should tell you
whether to fast for your lab tests. If you're not sure, please check
with your physician. Generally, all glucose, cholesterol or lipid testing
require an 8-12 hour fast.
Can I get a copy of my results?
You have a right to get a copy of any of your test results or a copy of
any part of your health record. There are two ways to request a copy of
your records. With our migration to a new electronic health record system
you now have the ability to view your records online through
myCentura Health. These results are available in real time and offer the most up to date
test results and information in your health record. This is the quickest
way to view your results. For information on how to sign up, ask your
If you chose not to sign up for myCentura Health you may submit a request
through our Health Information Management (Medical Records) department.
You will need to submit an
Authorization to Release Protected Health Information, giving us legal permission to give you a copy of your laboratory results
and other health information. Results are not usually ready immediately,
so you may need to come back to the laboratory to get your results.
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When will my physician have my results?
The tests you have taken will determine how quickly your physician will
get your completed results. Some results are available within hours, while
others take a few days to complete. The laboratory electronically delivers
results to the physicians. When all the tests requested are completed,
the results will be electronically sent to your physician.
What do my results mean? Who will explain them to me?
Only your physician can interpret your results and what they mean for you.
For general information on laboratory tests and what they mean, go to
How much blood will be drawn?
We know it looks like a lot, but it's really not! A typical tube holds
about 1 teaspoon of blood. A typical person has about 14 pints of blood
in their body, which is about 1,344 teaspoons. Even if we draw more than
one tube of blood, you can see that it's not very much compared to
how much you have in your body.
Does Longmont United Hospital offer paternity testing?
We don't perform paternity testing here at Longmont United Hospital
Laboratory, but we will collect specimens for private companies if you
arrange for testing. Please call the laboratory for a list of companies
that you can contact to set up paternity testing.