Scotland Memorial Hospital's Laboratory is staffed 24 hours a day for both inpatient and Emergency Room testing. Outpatient testing is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Laboratory is composed of five main sections: Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Blood Bank, and Histology. The tests we offer help manage the health of our community and contribute to its wellness. Test results allow for cost-effective preventive medicine and help physicians make early diagnoses of diseases, when cures are most likely.

section tests for such things as glucose (blood sugar), cholesterol and triglycerides, thyroid, liver and kidney functions, heart disease, quantitative pregnancy test, therapeutic drug monitoring and drugs of abuse screening.

testing includes white and red cell counts, platelet counts, blood clotting tests, sickle cell screening, and urine sample analysis. Tests are also done to rule out such diseases as infectious mononucleosis, rheumatoid arthritis and syphilis.

Tests for microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and parasites are offered in the Microbiology section. Cultures are done on blood and other body fluids and specimens. When microorganisms are identified, further testing is done to aid the physician in determining the best drug to use to eliminate or control the organism.

section determines a patient's blood type. Technicians prepare and issue blood components for transfusions when needed, as determined by the physician.

prepares tissue samples that have been removed from a patient. Samples are cut, placed on glass slides and stained with special dyes. The Laboratory Pathologist looks at the slides using a microscope to determine the presence and severity of a disease state.

For more information about the Laboratory contact Pat Gentry, Laboratory Director, at (910) 291-7755, or click Pat Gentry.

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