Lab Services

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

Lab services are an important part of your long-term health management, but having to travel to multiple locations to secure these services is inconvenient. That’s why the team at Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, offers numerous lab services in-house. When you’re ready to take control of your health journey, come in for a thorough physical exam and lab services. You can book a visit online or over the phone, so don’t delay.

Lab Services Q & A

Why might I need blood work?

Having blood work begins with a simple blood draw. Your practitioner places a thin needle into a vein, usually in your wrist or arm. They draw a few small vials of blood, and then they remove the needle and place a small bandage over the area. 

That blood is analyzed to check aspects of your health. There are many different tests your provider at Desert Wells Family Medicine may request, including:

  • Complete blood count
  • Basic metabolic panel
  • Thyroid panel
  • Enzyme marker tests
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening
  • Blood glucose
  • Liver function
  • Kidney function
  • Hormone levels
  • Cholesterol 

These are just some of the blood testing options available. You can also check the levels of certain nutrients through blood testing. 

What other lab services are available?

Other screening tools can provide information about how well your body is functioning. Desert Wells Family Medicine uses these tests to check for signs of disease or look for areas that need improvement. 

Urine testing, or urinalysis, can reveal signs of kidney or liver disease or diabetes. Urine testing is also used to check for pregnancy or infection. 

Stool testing examines a small amount of fecal matter to check for signs of infection, abnormal nutrient absorption, or cancer. Lab analysis might include chemical testing, microscopic examination, basic physical examination, or microbiologic testing. 

What can I do to prepare for lab services?

Most in-office labs require little in the way of preparation. Your practitioner advises you of any steps you should take prior to coming in for lab services. 

Some types of blood testing require a period of fasting prior to the blood draw. Your practitioner lets you know how long you should refrain from eating or drinking anything other than water before your appointment. Usually, refraining from food and non-water beverages for a period of 8-12 hours is all that’s needed. 

Don’t feel nervous about the process of obtaining samples. The lab technician at Desert Wells Family Medicine can complete blood draws very swiftly, with no discomfort. 

If you’re squeamish about blood work, let the lab technician know and focus elsewhere during the quick blood draw. You can even listen to music during the entire process. 

To learn more about the role lab services play in your overall health and wellness, schedule a routine physical exam online or by phone at Desert Wells Family Medicine.