Location: Suite 2205, second floor
Looking for test results? By law, the Laboratory cannot release test results. See Testing.
Laboratory hours Sept-April (hours may vary during semester breaks and holidays):
Mon, Tues, Wed: 8 AM – 5:30 PM
Thurs: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Fri: 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat: 9 AM – noon -- Only tests ordered on Saturday will be performed
The UHS Laboratory processes tests that are ordered by UHS clinicians. We do not process tests ordered by clinicians outside UHS.
Many tests are performed right here at the UHS Laboratory. Tests that can't be pefromed here are sent to other laboratories, specifically at U-M Health System or Michigan Department of Community Health.
How to get test results:
By law, Laboratory staff cannot release test results. See Testing.
New disposable needles are used, and needles are destroyed after use.
Our recliners can help you relax.
You will feel a small prick when the needle is inserted. It usually hurts less than when you accidentally stick your finger with a pin, because your arm has fewer nerve endings.
If you are nervous, you can tell the lab staff or person who draws your blood.
Fasting test preparation:
Fasting tests require fasting for 12-16 hours before the specimen is taken. Please follow these instructions carefully because food, gum and even black coffee or tea can affect metabolism of some blood constituents, which tests are designed to measure.
On the day of the test, do not eat, drink, chew gum, or engage in strenuous exercise before the test. Water is always permitted; if you drink water, it will not affect test outcomes.
During the 12 -16 hours of the fasting period, until after the blood is drawn, no more than four (4) cigarettes are permitted.
On the day of the test, please do not take any medications or other drugs before the test without consulting your clinician.
On the day of the test, please report to UHS Laboratory no earlier than 12 hours after eating or drinking but do not fast longer than 16 hours.
NOTE: Blood specimens are usually taken in the morning because most people are on a day schedule. Fasting from 4 AM, for example, then doing a full complement of the day’s activities before having the specimen collected at 4 PM, could alter the level of glucose or lipids. However, if you are not on a day schedule, (i.e. you work afternoon or midnights), accommodations can be made to your schedule. Please mention your schedule to the receptionist.
If you have insulin-dependent diabetes, follow the instructions given to you by your clinician.
For questions regarding these instructions, please ask the Laboratory staff in person or by calling 734-764-8305.
Currently enrolled U-M students pay no fees for most laboratory tests.
Students pay fees for:
- Genetic testing
- Antibody titers which are not medically necessary
- Tests required for administrative purposes (for example employment, volunteering, fellowship, immigration)
- Tests not related to active health problems