We help take the pain out of getting lab work.

Having labs done can be painful enough. That’s why we make getting lab work done for our senior primary care patients as painless as possible. We do this by providing lab services in our senior healthcare centers, which helps take the sting out of the sometimes laborious process associated with getting labs taken.

Lab work at oak street health

Making sure our patients have routine labs is a crucial step in our preventative care focus. Being able to know when something might be a problem before it becomes too severe helps us better take care of you. And if we should discover something during a routine lab check up, we are better able to handle the situation, by providing appropriate care and treatment to make sure you have the best health outcome possible.

Here are a few different kinds of lab services we provide at our senior healthcare centers:

    • Urinalysis

    • Magnesium

    • Metabolic panel

    • Hemoglobin A1C

    • Lipid panel

    • Thyroid

    • Colorectal cancer screening

    • Prostate cancer screening

    • STDs - herpes, syphilis, HIV, gonorrhea, hepatitis a, b, c, chlamydia, etc.

How often should you have your labs checked?

When to get lab work done depends on a few circumstances and the kinds of labs being taken. For instance, seniors who don’t experience effects of high blood pressure should get screened at least once every two years, while patients who do feel the effects of it might want to get screened more often––yearly or even bi-annually. The same rule applies for checking your cholesterol levels. A lipid panel is a necessary service for those with increased levels of bad cholesterol, but for those who are relatively healthy, every five years is the typical amount of time between labs. And when it comes to testing for diabetes, every three years is a good rule of thumb for those who fall within a healthy blood glucose level, while those with elevated levels of glucose in their blood should have it checked every 3-6 months. Every patient is different, and you and your Medicare primary care physician will determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

FAQ

Common questions about getting lab work done.