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Blood Work Specialist

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C.

Family Medicine Practice located in Valdosta, GA

Blood work is an important part of many medical appointments, from your annual physical exam to special needs like Coumadin® monitoring. Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., has a full medical lab, so they can do your blood work and other important tests like urinalysis, flu tests, and COVID-19 tests conveniently in the Valdosta, Georgia, office. Book your appointment online or call the office.

Blood Work Q&A

What is blood work?

Blood work refers to a lab test that evaluates a blood sample. In most cases, the trained medical team at Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., uses a blood sample from a vein in your arm for these tests. But, in some cases, as with Coumadin medication monitoring, you have a quick finger prick instead. 

What type of blood work might I need?

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., has a full-scale laboratory on the premises, so they offer a wide range of blood tests. You may need one or more of the following:

Blood chemistry panel

Blood chemistry panels evaluate your overall health. There are different panels to evaluate electrolytes, glucose, lipids, liver health, kidney (renal) function, and thyroid function. A basic metabolic panel usually includes all of these tests. This panel screens for high cholesterol, diabetes, and other conditions while checking important aspects of general health.

Complete blood count (CBC)

A CBC evaluates your blood cells, including white and red blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and hematocrit. You may need a CBC if you have chronic fatigue, unexplained bleeding, fever, or possible infection.

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)

ESR checks how fast your red blood cells drift to the bottom of a blood sample. You may need this test to check for inflammatory disorders.

Prothrombin time (pro time)

The pro time test finger prick test checks a liver protein to evaluate blood clotting. It checks how well Coumadin prevents clotting. A nurse in the Coumadin clinic performs this test.

There are also specific blood tests for mononucleosis, pregnancy, and other specific conditions, diseases, or concerns. 

What other tests does the lab perform besides blood work?

Blood work is just one kind of laboratory testing available at Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C. The team also performs:

  • Stool tests - fecal occult blood test
  • Breath tests - H. pylori test
  • Nasal or throat swab tests - flu test, COVID-19 test, strep throat 
  • Urine tests - pregnancy, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Some tests, for example, pregnancy tests, drug panels, and STD panels, may involve either urine or blood samples.

When do I get my blood work results?

Thanks to the on-premises laboratory, you can take any necessary tests as soon as your medical providers request them. Then, the laboratory team processes your tests quickly so your medical providers can assess them and discuss the results with you.

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., has a clean, convenient professional lab for blood work on-site so you can get everything you need in one place. Call the office or book your blood work appointment scheduler online.