Labs Specialist

Cosmopolitan Medical Practice

Dr. Robin McKinney, DO

Family Practice & Travel Medicine located in East Harlem, New York, NY

Often when you go to the doctor, you need to have lab work done to get a better picture of your health and wellness needs. For your convenience, the experienced team at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice in East Harlem, New York, under the medical direction of Dr. Robin McKinney, DO, offers in-house blood draws, so there’s no need for you to go to another facility to get your blood work done. Whether it’s time for your annual wellness exam or you’re feeling under-the-weather, the team at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice can provide the care you need. Call today, or book online.

Labs Q & A

What are labs?

Labs serve as a diagnostic tool for your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice and provide information about your health that can’t be determined from your symptoms or physical exam. Some common lab tests include:

Complete blood count (CBC)

The CBC is a basic blood test that assesses the types and numbers of blood cells in your blood, including red and white blood cells. You may need a CBC if your specialist has concerns about an infection or anemia.

Basic metabolic panel (BMP)

The BMP is a general blood test that provides your specialist with information about your general health and risk of common health issues, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Comprehensive metabolic panel

The comprehensive metabolic panel is similar to the BMP, but includes additional testing to get a more complete picture of your health and disease risk.

Urinalysis

Your urinalysis can assess general health and may provide clues of underlying health issues, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice may also recommend other labs, such as a lipid profile test to assess cholesterol levels or hemoglobin A1C, which is a test that provides information about blood sugar levels and diabetes risk.

How do I know what types of labs I need?

Your specialist at Cosmopolitan Medical Practice determines the type of labs you need when you come in for a visit. If you’re coming in for your annual wellness exam, your specialist may request lab work to screen for various health issues based on your age. If you’re coming in for a sick visit or have symptoms that may indicate signs of a disease, then your specialist may request specific lab work to determine the underlying cause of your illness or symptoms.

What are rapid tests?

A rapid test is a special test that provides results quickly. Cosmopolitan Medical Practice is a full-service family medicine practice that offers many rapid tests for common illnesses, including the flu, mononucleosis, and strep throat. Your specialist conducts the test at the office and gets results within minutes.

When you go see your doctor, you don’t want to have to go to another facility to get the answers you need about your health. Cosmopolitan Medical Practice offers in-house blood draws, so you can get all the care you need without additional stops. To schedule an appointment, call the office today, or book online.