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Frequently Asked Questions about Lab Work

Got a question about your upcoming visit? Get all the information you need prior to your testing day below.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are typically quieter days, particularly after 1pm, however, this is subject to change.
Common tests are performed at Jersey Shore and should be done within 24 hours of collection. Some tests can take longer, anywhere between 48 hours to over a week, depending on the test.
We currently take walk-in patients for laboratory visits and some laboratory locations offer online scheduling. Book your appointment online today!
Please ensure that your provider has entered orders into Epic, or that you have a prescription from your provider. You also need to bring a form of identification and your insurance card. Please ensure that scripts are legible and signed by the ordering physician is clear.
HOPE Tower Outpatient Laboratory Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.   
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
Yes, the phlebotomists are trained to do collections on pediatric patients of all ages, including newborn babies.
Yes, but the collection for Comprehensive Metabolic Screens must be done before 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Some blood tests do require fasting prior to having your blood drawn. Please contact your healthcare provider to determine requirements for your specific testing.
Test requests can be accepted on non-HMH forms. Our team will verify the testing details and order the appropriate test that matches what the physician ordered. In the event there is a question, our team will contact the ordering provider.
Please bring in a valid letter from the legal guardian, stating name, contact information, relation and a valid driver's license or passport picture of the legal guardian.
Please check with your insurance company for participating labs under your plan.
We only accept NJ Family Care for labs if the lab order is ordered as a STAT and stated on the prescription, if the patient is having a procedure that is scheduled at JSUMC, or the order for the patient is a continuum of care.
For sample drop offs, the registration department will expedite your registration and send you directly to the laboratory for drop-off). Samples must be dropped off in appropriate media / containers or will be rejected.
No appointment is necessary, but we request that you be here in the morning, as the test can take several hours.
Yes, 2 or 3 hour Breath tests (hydrogen methane, lactulose) are completed Monday through Friday. These should be done first thing in the morning and the patient should be fasting.
Yes, this is collected at our location and sent to Quest Diagnostics. It’s either a 2 or 3 hour blood test. The patient must be fasting.

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