Laboratory Services and Pathology

Laboratory Services

The laboratory services at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC) are devoted to diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions through examination of blood, urine, body fluids and tissues.

Certified by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, College of American Pathologists and the American Associations of Blood Banks, MMCSC is committed to quality testing and high performance standards.

Services are networked with reference laboratories in order to provide a full range of laboratory testing with a physician prescription. Staffed with Nationally Certified professionals utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation, inpatient and outpatient services are provided.

Outpatient lab services are offered:

  • Monday through Friday, 7 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

The Best Preparation

Should you eat before your blood test or steer clear of food and drinks?

Here are tips for an efficient appointment:

  • Check with your health care provider to determine whether you should fast prior to your appointment. Certain blood tests—such as those that check cholesterol levels and blood sugar—require fasting. That means you can’t eat or drink any fluids for around eight to 12 hours prior to the test. If you’re fasting, bring a healthy snack to eat immediately after your lab tests. It’s usually okay to continue taking your prescription medications, but check with your health care provider first.
  • If you don’t need to fast, try to eat breakfast before your blood test to avoid lightheadedness and dizziness.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will speed up the blood draw, since water plumps up your veins and makes it easier for the phlebotomist to extract blood.
  • If you’re anxious about the blood test, don’t look while it’s being performed and try to distract yourself by thinking about an upcoming vacation or relaxing setting.
  • Bring your lab order from your provider or the one that’s on file and check with your insurance company to ensure the test is covered.