For Identifying & Treating Conditions
When you're sick, sometimes the cause of the problem isn't obvious. Your provider may ask you to give a sample of blood or other fluid to be tested for infection, virus or other indicator of the problem.
When you're healthy, your doctor may recommend lab tests periodically to determine your blood sugar, cholesterol levels or other key health measures. By knowing your numbers, you can decide whether you need to make lifestyle changes to improve those numbers and your overall health.
Lab Tests at PeaceHealth
Some types of labs may be done at your provider's clinic during your visit. For more comprehensive lab work, you can expect to go to PeaceHealth Laboratories, located on the first floor of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center at 3100 Tongass.
The amount of time it takes to get the lab results back will depend on the test. It usually takes one to two weeks. You can view your results online using PeaceHealth PatientConnection. This free secure service is available to all PeaceHealth patients. Sign up for MyPeaceHealth.
The provider who ordered the lab will review the results and will let you know if you need any follow-up care based on what was shown. View information on Understanding Your Lab Results.
Preparing for Tests
For some diagnostic tests, you may need to prepare ahead of time. Learn more about tests of all kinds in our online health library.