Medical Laboratory Services
Laboratory testing is a good way for your Provider and yourself to keep track of your health. To allow community members in and around Upton easier access without traveling to Newcastle each month, we perform blood draws at the Clinic in Upton on the 1st Wednesday of each month starting at 7 am till the last patient is drawn and Wellness Wednesday on the first and third Wednesdays each month (see a full schedule below in the Wellness Wednesday section).
Diagnostic Service areas that we provide are:
Hematology – such as CBC’s for detecting anemia or infection.
Coagulation – Monitoring clotting or bleeding disorders and medication.
Chemistry – Monitoring general health for diseases such as diabetes, cholesterol levels, thyroid functions, cancer screenings, etc.
Urinalysis – for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, hydration, medication monitoring etc.
Bacteriology – identification of bacteria that cause infection and perform susceptibility testing to determine which antibiotics will be most effective for treatment options.
Serology – test for other infections such as Mono, Strep Throat, Pneumonia, pregnancy and many others.
Blood Bank – provide OB testing for expectant mothers, blood typing and antibody screens as well as providing Blood Units for transfusion for outpatients or in emergency cases.
We offer specific laboratory tests at a reduced rate for our customers to enable everyone to have access to testing and the results for improving health in Weston County. Health and Wellness testing services is available in Newcastle EVERY Wednesday from 6:30 am-8:30 am and the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Weston County Upton Clinic from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Customer Driven Blood Testing is not intended to replace the doctor-patient relationship. It is simply a way for patients to gain easier access to their own health data. Insurance billing (including Medicare) is not available at this time. Receipts for services (testing) requested and completed are available for the customer to turn in to their insurance providers for possible coverage. This is a terrific program that we are excited to bring to our county!
Non-prescription drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol consumption and fasting time (hours with no food or calorie intake) may affect your chemistry results over time. A (12) hour fast is recommended for the most accurate results.
Available Wellness Profile Tests:
$25.00 Chemistry Profile:
Panel consists of 18 tests which give an overall picture of one’s general health. This screen gives a picture of your kidney and liver health as well as your blood glucose level, electrolytes, protein, uric acid, phosphorous, Iron level, cholesterol and thyroid (TSH).
$20.00 Lipid Profile:
This panel is what you need if you are taking medication for cholesterol, and what your doctor will look at to monitor both good and bad cholesterol levels. It also helps you to determine your risk of developing heart disease or monitoring your response to medications, diet and other interventions to better your heart health. A 12 hour fast is recommended to obtain the most accurate results of your health picture. Recommended to be done 2-4 times per year for people who have high lipid levels.
$42.50 Anemia Profile:
This is a complete screen for detection or monitoring of iron deficiency anemias. It includes a CBC with diff, Iron, TIBC, % SAT, and Ferritin.
The thyroid gland produces and regulates hormones that influence the body's metabolism. This test is used to screen for Thyroid disorders or to monitor treatment of hypo- and hyperthyroidism. Recommended quarterly for medication monitoring, yearly for screening.
$30.00 Free T4:
Thyroid panel for detectors of thyroid disorders; more inclusive than a TSH alone.
For Men only, this is a screening test for prostate cancer and other non-cancerous disease. It is routinely performed on men over the age of 50 or men over the age of 40 with a family history of prostate cancer.
$40.00 Vitamin D:
This is a test that is used to determine bone weakness, bone malformation, or abnormal metabolism of calcium which may occur as a result of Vitamin D deficiency or excess. Vitamin D is also thought to be very helpful in maintenance of health in that it is thought to help deter some types of cancers.
$25.00 Vitamin B12:
Monitors B12 deficiency which is common in pernicious anemia, malabsorption due to surgical resection, and other inflammatory diseases of the intestine. This vitamin can also be elevated from dietary or vitamin intake, oral contraceptives and pregnancy. An elevated B12 is not know to cause any clinical problems.
$22.50 CRP, C-Reactive Protein:
This test is used as an inflammatory marker. It is generally elevated in response to inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis, or with tissue injuries or infection.
$25.00 Hemoglobin A1C:
The A1C result provides a view of the average blood glucose levels in your body over the last three months. This is an effective tool in monitoring long-term glucose control in diabetic patients, and as a screening tool for those concerned about developing diabetes due to family history. This test is recommended to be done 2-4 times per year for diabetics.
$20.00 CBC/Diff Complete Blood Count With Differential:
This is a complete blood count of white cell, red cell and platelet populations. It helps to screen for anemia, infections, leukemia and other disorders or conditions that may affect your blood cells.
$25.00 Blood Type:
This test determines your blood group and Rh type. It is important for expectant mothers to determine if they need Rh immune globulin therapy to avoid complications with the unborn child.