Our highly accredited laboratory service centers offer the full spectrum of quality, routine bloodwork, and other laboratory diagnostics.
Laboratory Services at Saratoga Hospital
Our Laboratory Services Centers’ expert team of pathologists, scientists and phlebotomists provide a wide scope of laboratory diagnostics, including child-friendly blood draws, screening tests of blood and urine, infectious disease testing, women’s health testing, blood banking, and surgical pathology, among many other services. Through our affiliation partner, Albany Med, we are also able to provide advanced tissue, cellular, and DNA/RNA testing, including molecular, chromosomal, and biochemical genetic tests. Home visits are also available under doctor’s orders for those patients unable to travel to one of our drawing sites. Dedicated attention to quality and care goes into each test, delivering timely and accurate results directly to your provider.
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Lab Specimen Collection and Drop-off services are conveniently located in one of the medical practices below. You do not need to be a member of the practice to utilize a collection and drop-off location. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments are not necessary. Please refer to each location to view lab hours and services offered.
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Often the first lab tests performed, these tests are frequently screening tests to check for early signs of illness such as heart disease, infections, and cancer, as well as bleeding/clotting disorders. Blood and urine tests may also be used to monitor diabetes and kidney disease. The hospital lab operates 24/7/365 to provide rapid diagnostic lab services to our most critical patients.
Trained phlebotomists provide 24-hour coverage to inpatient areas of the hospital. For outpatients, we offer several patient service centers. All offer child-friendly blood draws. Tests include complete blood count (CBC), basic or comprehensive metabolic panels, lipid panels, liver panels, prothrombin time, and hemoglobin A1C, among many others.
Home draw services are available for patients who qualify, such as homebound or post-surgical patients with restricted or limited activities. Please call 518-580-2542 for additional information. A Home Draw Request Form AND the test requisition is required. The home draw will not be scheduled without the required written documentation.
The program operates Monday through Friday within a twelve-mile radius of the Saratoga Hospital. Appointments are scheduled according to our pre-determined routes.
These hospital-based medical specialties provide microscopic diagnosis of disease from surgical tissue, biopsies and fine-needle aspirations by board-certified physician pathologists. Our cytology service also includes Women’s Health Testing such as Pap Smear examination for premalignant changes and early detection of cervical cancer.
The diagnostic test for COVID-19 is quick and non-invasive. In order to see if you’re currently infected with the virus, a healthcare worker will collect a sample from deep inside the nose using what looks like an extra-long Q-tip. Results take anywhere from 24 - 72 hours.
Patients must be referred for COVID-19 testing by a licensed healthcare provider, a county health department, or the New York State Department of Health. Please call your physician if you’re experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19.
Our lab speciment collection tent is located outside Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center on Myrtle Street.
Blood banking involves the collection, testing and storage of blood and its components for patient transfusion. Additionally, we provide the essential service of typing and screening donors and recipients to assure that blood transfusions are compatible and safe. The Blood Bank operates around the clock to support emergency transfusions for traumatic injuries and other life-saving procedures.
This collaborative service, established with our affiliate partners, keeps reference lab services right here within the Capital Region. The Albany Med Regional Reference Laboratory offers expertise and an extensive test menu of the region’s only university hospital to augment the excellent laboratory services provided by Saratoga Hospital. Daily couriers and secure data transmission allows for advanced, rapid, and seamless diagnostic service to our patients.
Antibodies develop in your blood approximately 1-3 weeks after your initial infection with COVID-19. A healthcare professional will collect a tube of blood from your arm, and you will receive results within 24-48 hours. If you have these infection-fighting proteins in your system, then you had and successfully overcame COVID-19. Talk with your healthcare provider about your history, concerns, and other symptoms. Antibody testing may not be suited for everyone.
Antibody testing is offered at all outpatient laboratory locations.
Saratoga Hospital’s Laboratory Services Centers are licensed by the New York State Department of Health and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). This highly recognized Laboratory Accreditation Program accredits the full scope of laboratory test disciplines nationally and internationally with comprehensive, scientifically rigorous standards, evaluating test quality, accuracy, regulatory and industry compliance, and on-site inspections. This distinction, shared by only 10 percent of hospital laboratories in New York State, provides an added assurance of quality for patients and referring physicians.