Health Service Laboratory
The laboratory at Eastern Illinois University’s Health Service is located on the first floor of the Human Services Building in the South Quad. The lab is staffed by full-time certified medical technologists and phlebotomists.
A wide variety of lab tests are performed at EIU Health Service Laboratory. Some specimens collected on-site at the lab are sent off-campus for testing. Physicians not employed by EIU Health Service may also order lab tests.
Procedures Available On-Site
- Blood Glucose Tests -Complete Blood Counts
- Manual differentials
- Chlamydia and GC Testing
- Mono Tests
- Influenza Tests
- Helicobacter pylori Tests
- Sickle Cell Screens
- Fecal Occult Blood
- Fecal Screening for White Blood Cells
- Pregnancy Tests
- Sedimentation Rates
- RPR Tests (Syphilis)
- Rapid Group A Strep Screens
- Throat Cultures
- Urine Culture
- Yeast and Gardnerella Vaginalis Tests (Bacterial Vaginosis)
- Other laboratory tests are available through our Reference Laboratory
All orders for lab tests must be written on a prescription pad printed with the physician's name, address, phone number and fax number. All orders must be signed by the ordering physician. There is a small fee associated with lab tests ordered by the Health Service Medical Clinic providers and any outside lab order.
There is a co-pay of $30 for Lab Services. Reference (outside tests/patient) co-pays range from $50 to $100.
Most laboratory results are available in 24 hours. Student’s may view their in-house lab results by visiting the MyHealth portal. All laboratory results for student patients of legal adult age are confidential. No one, including parents, may obtain test results without written consent from the patient.
Charges for Laboratory Services
Most in-house laboratory tests are performed at a minimal expense to students. Laboratory services are primarily supplemented by the Health Service student fee and most charges are covered by Student Insurance. Tests sent to the reference laboratory are not covered and the student will be charged. Students may pay for laboratory services not covered by the student fee via cash or billed to the student’s university account.
Tips for Lab Patients
- Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment
- Check in at the front desk
- Follow all instructions given to you by the lab tech during testing
- Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have a history of fainting during blood testing
- Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you are nauseous, dizzy, or feel faint the day of your test
- Let the phlebotomist/lab tech know if you have given blood within the last 2 weeks
- Do not use throat lozenges prior to a throat culture; it may alter the results
- Do not touch the lab techs while they are performing a procedure
- Do not urinate prior to an appointment requiring a urine specimen
- Do not hold your breath while having blood drawn
- Remain still during a phlebotomy; arm movement may cause the needle(s) to come out