Accurate, fast results from NMC Health Laboratory

If you need lab work done, NMC Health’s Laboratory is here to make sure your blood work and testing are delivered efficiently.  We offer fast results with an order from a provider licensed in the state of Kansas.

Accredited by the Joint Commission, NMC Health’s clinical laboratory offers a full range of routine and specialty lab tests close to home. With state-of-the-art technology, you can be sure your results are accurate. The NMC Health lab processes more than 1.2 million tests per year.

If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Medical Center Emergency Department.

COVID-19 Testing

NMC Health offers COVID-19 testing  to anyone who has an order from a provider licensed in the state of Kansas. We provide:

  • Rapid COVID testing (antigen test)
  • PCR testing (most accurate)
  • Antibody testing (indicates recent or past infections)


Testing is done by nasopharyngeal swab. This means the swab will be inserted deep into your nose to collect a sample. Your sample will then be analyzed in our on-site laboratory (rapid COVID test) or sent off to Quest Diagnostics if you are an outpatient and need a PCR test. Your test results could take up to a week to be processed.

Viral Tests for COVID-19

If you have to get tested for COVID-19 and get a negative test result, you might not be in the clear yet. Be sure to monitor yourself for any symptoms and continue to quarantine for up to 10 days. 

If you develop symptoms, you may need to be tested again. Call your doctor immediately if you start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

An antigen or PCR test can tell you if you’re infected with COVID-19 now, but an antibody test can tell you if you’ve recently had the virus.

Lab tests we offer

If you need transfusion services, our NMC Health Infusion Center offers blood and blood component therapy.

With our paperless, automated system, you can be sure all your information is correct and accurate as we continue to keep you safe and offer the best of care. 

Your doctor may need to know the level of glucose, sodium, carbon dioxide, potassium, creatinine or calcium in your blood to know how your kidneys, pancreas, or other body system is working. A basic metabolic panel can give a snapshot of your blood sugar levels and electrolytes or tell if there’s an issue with your kidneys.

This test is a basic metabolic panel paired with six more tests for a more in-depth look at how your organ systems are functioning.

This test is one of the most common blood draws. It is used to measure the types of cells and how many you have in your blood. Your doctor may request a CBC panel to look at your nutritional health or to diagnose a health condition.

This test is used to track your existing diabetes or diagnose whether you have the disease. It can take a snapshot over the last couple of months and let your doctor know where your blood sugar levels stand.

This test looks at how your liver is functioning and can show if there is liver damage or disease.

This test can give your doctor an idea of your risk of heart disease by measuring your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

If your doctor calls for a thyroid stimulating hormone test, he or she is wanting to see how your thyroid is working. It will help your doctor treat any potential thyroid conditions.

Also called a “UA,” this is a urine test to determine different chemicals or substances in your urine. It can be used to monitor diabetes, check for early signs of various disease or understand kidney function.

Other services include:

  • Allergy testing
  • Genetic testing (paternity test collection site for Lab Corp)
  • Department of Transportation collections
  • Electrocardiography services
  • Employer drug screenings
  • Neonatal and pediatric screenings

State-of-the-Art Blood Bank

You’re safer at NMC Health. Our automated blood bank ensures you get matched correctly. By using the latest technology, we have cut out 174 instances for human error. If you need blood or blood products, NMC Health is here to ensure quality of care and efficiency.

MDsave Program

Are you paying out of pocket for lab services? Get a discount voucher through NMC Health’s partnership with MDsave. You can save up to 60% on healthcare costs for commonly ordered lab tests.

This medical savings program is great for patients who are looking for affordable pricing when faced with high deductibles or no insurance.

All lab tests at NMC Health require an order from a provider licensed in the state of Kansas.

Newborn Screening Award

NMC Health’s Laboratory and Family Birthing Center has been named one of two hospitals in the state for the All Around Best of the Best at the Kansas Newborn Screen Annual Facility Awards.

The two departments work together to make sure every newborn is screened for 32 rare and serious genetic conditions before they even leave the hospital. This free service gives parents peace of mind and provides a way to treat conditions that could greatly affect your child’s life.

FAQs

Many lab tests are covered by insurance, but some may not be. For a specific test, contact your insurance provider and see if the service is covered. If it is not or if your deductible is high, learn about whether that test has a discount voucher available through the MDsave program. You can also see for yourself if your insurance plan is accepted at NMC Health.

Some blood tests will require fasting before you have your blood drawn. Your doctor should tell you whether or not to prepare for a fasting blood draw during your appointment. Other tests might require that you stop the use of tobacco products or avoid eating or drinking certain types of foods and beverages (such as coffee and chocolate).

Your doctor can tell you if you’re taking a test where you need to limit your caffeine intake or stop smoking and using tobacco. If you have any additional questions, please contact our NMC Health Laboratory at (316) 804-6076.

The length of time it takes to look at your test and get the results back to your healthcare provider varies depending on the test. Usually, it can take at least 24 hours for your results to get back to your doctor, but in some cases, it can take several days to weeks.

Not all analyses are done inside the NMC Health laboratory. Some testing results will come from a third-party lab, such as Quest Diagnostics. Those results will likely take a bit longer and will be sent directly to your doctor. You can also access your results through your My NMC Health Patient Portal. Sign up for an account at registration or online.

No. The NMC Health lab does not take appointments. As soon as your doctor sends over orders for your lab work, you’re welcome to come to the hospital, check in at admissions and get your testing done. The length of time you’ll have to wait depends on how busy the laboratory department is that day.

When you arrive at NMC Health for lab work, check in at the admissions desk. After you’re registered, you will be told to head back to the laboratory waiting area. The length of your wait will depend on the number of people ahead of you, but typical wait times do not exceed one hour.