Preparing for a Test
Some healthcare providers collect samples for laboratory tests in their offices, but others do not. If your practitioner provided you with an order (a prescription or test requisition form) for a test, you will need to come to the MRMC Laboratory to have your sample collected.
Make an Appointment—or Not
Appointments are encouraged, but are not mandatory. Call 870-235-3474 (lab secretary) if you wish assistance in scheduling your test time.
If you prefer not to make an appointment, please be aware that our busiest times are in the early morning when patients who have to fast before testing often choose to arrive. You may prefer to come later in the day, when your wait is likely to be shorter.
Occasionally a test may take an hour, sometimes 3 hours; we will require the patient to stay with us in the lab waiting area during this time for patient safety and to enable us to contact a nurse or your physician if you begin to feel bad during this test.
Patients will need to stop at the front office desk, talk with an admission clerk, and allow her to enter your insurance information and name and address into the hospital information system. The clerk will have you sign in and explain her process to you while you are there. She will be able to inform you of any deductibles or balances that need your attention. You may always call ahead of time to the admission clerks and ask about these subjects prior to arriving. 870-235-3000
After completing registration the clerk will direct you toward the laboratory. The laboratory secretary will obtain specimens required in the correct manner indicated by the order, if there are questions they will be answered while you present.
Often there are tests we may need to have special tubes or supplies in stock and if we have to order those, we will and call you as soon as they arrive. Your physician will be notified of any delay this may cause.
We will send the results to the physician ordering the tests. If other physicians require the results please let us know and we will try to accommodate all requests.
Any copies of results may be obtained via the Medical Records department. The patient will have to go sign a release form and pick up copies of tests if the patient wishes to do so.