Lab work FAQ

Do I need to fast for my lab work?

Many tests don’t require fasting (not eating before a lab test), but lipid panels (also known as cholesterol tests) and glucose testing (blood sugar) are two tests in which fasting may lead to more accurate results.. Your provider will let you know if you’ll need to fast, and this info will be in the action item you get in our app and website about your lab work.

What do you mean by fasting?

Fasting means that, with the exception of water, you refrain from eating or drinking for a minimum of 8 hours (10 to 12 hours is preferable) prior to the test. This means no coffee or tea beforehand, but taking your vitamins or medications is okay. Brushing your teeth or using mouthwash won’t influence the test.

Is there anything I can do to make a blood test less painful?

Blood draws can be scary, but our well trained and caring phlebotomists (the professional who draws your blood) are here to help. If you have any fears about the blood drawing process, or had a bad experience in the past, please talk to your phlebotomist before hand. They will work with you to make the process as pleasant and pain free as possible.
One trick to make the blood draw easier is to drink water before the test. Being well-hydrated means your veins are full and easier for the phlebotomist to find, which could mean a quicker, less painful draw for you.

How do I get my lab work done?

After your provider orders your lab work, you can simply stop by any One Medical office during lab hours and one of our front desk team members will check you in.

When should I expect my results?

We’ll send your results through our messaging system within 7-10 days. Your provider will happily send you your results sooner if they arrive earlier. If you don’t receive your results after 10 days, please contact us and we’ll work on getting them to you.