What to Expect

We specializes in pediatrics, so we understand the stress that laboratory testing can cause to the child and the parent. With 17 convenient locations throughout Ohio, we promise to make your experience as stress-free as possible. Our exceptionally trained phlebotomists are committed to providing special care and attention to your child.  

Your child will be asked to provide a specific specimen for the laboratory testing your physician is requesting. That specimen may be body fluids (blood, urine, etc) or a stool sample.

What Should I Bring?

Please bring these items with you when visiting a Laboratory Service Center:

  • A lab requisition or physician prescription with the name of the test to be ordered.
  • A current insurance identification card 
  • Driver's license or photo id 

The S.A.F.E. Program 

The S.A.F.E. program strives to offer the best possible outcomes to successfully collect lab specimens from your child, and we understand that every child is different. Please spend a few moments filling out the S.A.F.E. Patient Assessment so that we may provide the best care for your child. Learn more about the S.A.F.E. Program for your child.

Comfort Hold Techniques

Keeping your child still and safe during a blood draw is the most important part of the visit. Comfort hold techniques have been developed to help you hold your child during this process. Learn more about the Comfort Hold Techniques at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

Helping Hands Patient Education Materials - Instructions for Lab Services

Some tests may require special preparations before the test can be performed. This may include fasting or avoiding certain medications. Your physician should provide you with a prescription for the test to be processed, as well as special instructions to prepare for and/ or transport the specimen if it was collected at home. Instructions are intended as a supplement to verbal instructions provided by a medical professional. The information is periodically reviewed and revised to reflect our current practice. However, Nationwide Children's is not responsible for any consequences resulting from the use or misuse of the information in the Helping Hands.

English

Glucose Tolerance
Pinworm
Stool Collection
Sweat Chloride
Urine- Clean Catch 
Urine- 24 hour Collection

Spanish

Glucose Tolerance
Pinworm
Stool Collection
Sweat Chloride
Urine- Clean Catch 
Urine- 24 hour Collection

Somalian

Glucose Tolerance
Pinworm
Stool Collection
Sweat Chloride
Urine- Clean Catch 
Urine- 24 hour Collection

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What to Expect FAQs

Do you only do testing on children?

While our specialty is pediatrics, we can also do testing on adults. We are specially trained in collecting specimens on the "hard to stick" veins at any age.

Do I need to schedule an appointment for lab work?

We offer walk-in service for lab work. The only tests that require scheduling are Sweat Chloride and Glucose Tolerance testing.

Do I need orders from my child's physician for lab work?

Yes, you must have written orders from your child's pediatrician for lab work. They can be brought in on a script from your child's physician or faxed in from the physician's office.

How do I find out my childs lab results

You must contact the physician that ordered the lab work to find out the results.

Why did my insurance only pay part of my bill?

Most insurance plans require you to pay a deductible and/or co-insurance. In addition, you could be responsible for noncovered services. Please contact your insurance company for specific answers to your questions.

The insurance listed on my bill isn't the right one. How can I change it?

First, check to see if the insurance company that you had on that date matches the date of service on the bill. If it is the wrong insurance company, the Patient Account Representatives can help you Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Call (614) 722-2055 or email us at Children'sPatientAccounts@NationwideChildrens.org.

Why did I get a bill from Nationwide Children's Hospital?

Doctors and other healthcare providers often send lab work to Nationwide Children's Hospital for processing.

Are payment plans available if I can't afford to pay my bill all at once?

Nationwide Children's Hospital will work with you to set up a payment plan that will meet your need. Patient Account Representatives are on hand to help you Monday through Friday, 7:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. at (614) 722-2055 or email us at Children'sPatientAccounts@NationwideChildrens.org. Please note: Nationwide Children's Hospital does not charge interest on balances due.