The Laboratory is a Joint Commission Accredited facility that offers a wide range of diagnostic laboratory services. We provide your clinician with the information needed to help diagnose and treat your medical conditions. No appointment is necessary. Please have your current medical insurance information at the time of service.
The Laboratory is located on the first floor of the University Health Center at 55 Carlton St on the UGA Campus. Our hours are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. The Laboratory can be contacted by phone at 706-542-8643 and by fax at 706-542-8664.
Services are available to UGA students, their spouses, and domestic partners.
Please have your current medical insurance information at the time of service. It mandates where some of your tests are done.
Drink plenty of water beforehand. This helps to maintain good blood volume to prevent vein collapse or difficult sticks. Anything that lessens the need for another attempt is always worth a try.
Know whether your clinician requests you to be fasting for the ordered tests. (Nothing except water by mouth in the last 12 hours)
If you are not undergoing a fasting test, then have some food to raise your blood sugars. This will help keep your brain alert and make you less prone to a vasovagal response (fainting). If you do tend to faint, inform your phlebotomist and they will arrange for you to lie back during the collection.
Know about medication timing prior to collection of ordered tests. (such as for H. pylori Breath Test, lithium and estradiol)
Don’t urinate for at least an hour before you are seeing a physician for STI testing.
If you are nervous, practice a favorite mantra (a sound or word repeated in meditation) and use it during blood collection. Less body tension means less discomfort and a relaxed arm will keep that vein prominent and accessible. Don’t worry about the amount of blood collected in all those vials as your body will replace it all within a few hours.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No, your health fee only covers your UHC office visit. UHC Laboratory is a fee-for-service clinic, meaning we charge a fee for each service/test provided.
Individual insurance plans vary in what is covered, deductibles, co-pays, etc. It is the patient’s responsibility to contact their individual insurance carrier prior to your visit to inquire about coverage for laboratory services to ensure proper routing and payment. UHC is in-network with many insurance providers.
See Financial Information and Insurance for more information
Not all testing can be performed at the University Health Center Laboratory. Also, your insurance may require use of one of these reference labs due to contractual arrangements. This is why current insurance is so important at the time of lab services! When applicable, your insurance information is sent with your sample and filed by the reference lab performing the test. If there is a balance or insurance denied payment, then the bill would come to you from the reference lab that performed your test.
In-house testing is billed through UHC to your insurance or to you via your student account if you choose not to use insurance.
No, clinician orders are required for all Laboratory testing. You must make an appointment with your assigned clinic.
Yes, we request 24 hours to process orders from outside doctors.