Pathology and Laboratory Services - Cheyenne VA Medical Center
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Cheyenne VA Medical Center

 

Pathology and Laboratory Services

The Cheyenne VAMC Pathology and Laboratory is a College of American Pathologist (CAP) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accredited laboratory. While we are not a member of the American Association Blood Banks, we are compliant with their standards.  We are the parent lab to the Mobile Clinics in Sterling CO, Wheatland WY, Torrington WY, and Laramie WY as well as for clinics in Loveland CO, Fort Collins CO, Rawlins WY, and Sidney NE.  The Mobile Clinics and the clinics at Fort Collins WY, Rawlins WY and Sidney NE are basically draw stations and send their samples to the Cheyenne Lab. 

The Cheyenne Laboratory performs testing in Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Toxicology, Blood Bank and Microbiology.   For testing not perform inhouse we have outside reference labs available.  We have a staff of 21 laboratory professionals. We are a full service 24 hour a day 7 days-a-week operation; however, Laboratory outpatient services are available Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon and closed on Federal Holidays.

The Loveland Clinic Laboratory have basic laboratory testing capability and can perform testing in Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis and Rapid Strep and Influenza.  Their hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and patients do not need an appointment to have their labs drawn.  They are closed on weekends and Federal Holidays.  The Loveland laboratory has a staff of 6 laboratory professionals.

The Fort Collins Clinic Laboratory is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and closed on weekends and Federal Holidays, however patients will need to make an appointment to have their blood drawn.  They perform urinalysis testing, HgBA1C and Rapid Strep and Influenza testing.  They have a staff of two laboratory professionals. 

PLEASE NOTE: All lab orders must be placed in the computer by your provider. Your provider should tell you when they would like you to return for lab work. The actual day you return is usually not critical, but check with your patient care team before you leave if you have any questions. If you do not need to fast, the best time to come to the lab is in the afternoon. We try to keep your wait time to less than 15 minutes, but the wait times may be longer during our busiest times (typically from 8-11 a.m.). Please plan accordingly. You can also go to any of the Community Clinics to have your blood drawn if that is more convenient for you. I you decide to go to the mobile clinic in Sterling, Laramie, Wheatland or Torrington, you must call 307-778-7550 ext. 3816 to schedule an appointment. The blood at the community clinics is transported to the main facility for testing. NOTE: There are some special tests that can only be drawn at the main campus.

If you have fasting labs, you can drink water or black coffee. Please take your medications as directed. If you need to mail in specimens the address is as follows: PMLS Laboratory (113) Cheyenne VAMC, 2360 East Pershing Blvd., Cheyenne WY, 82001.

Test results:
The lab strives to have routine work completed within the next business day and stats completed within one hour from the time the blood is brought to the main lab for testing. Specialized tests may take several days to a week to be completed (occasionally longer). The lab staff is not able to tell you your lab results. The provider that ordered the test is responsible for providing you this information because they must interpret this information in relation to the rest of your clinical picture. Most lab results are also available in MyHealtheVet. They will transmit three days after the test results are available to the provider. It is best that the provider(s) discuss the lab results with you so you can understand the results mean in relation to your clinical history and current health status.

Patient Concerns:
If you have any concerns during your lab visit, please ask to speak to the laboratory manager. You can also call 307-778-7311. We want to ensure every visit you make to the lab is a positive experience. Although getting blood drawn is not the most pleasant of experiences, our staff should be proficient, helpful and polite at all times. We are thankful for your service to this country and you deserve our respect and assistance.

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Cheyenne VA Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 307-778-7311

Hours of Operation

  • Cheyenne M-F 7:30a-5:30p ........ Sat 9a to Noon
    Loveland M-F, 7a-4p ......... FTC M-F, 7:30a-2:45p