Imaging

Laboratory Services

For over 100 years, the Brandywine Hospital laboratory has been recognized for its quality and reliability. Our lab services are here to provide you and your physician with convenient and comprehensive lab collection and testing.

The Brandywine Hospital laboratory is a full-service, Joint Commission-accredited laboratory operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and assists primary physicians in monitoring and treating existing conditions. Our team consists of a board-certified pathologist and medical director, lab manager and certified phlebotomy staff. Each is skilled and proficient in making your experience quick, easy and friendly. To better serve the community we offer an additional drawing station in Gap, PA.

Joint Commission

We offer:

  • Blood banking and blood transfusion services
  • Chemistry and therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Hematology and coagulation
  • Microbiology and serology
  • Surgical pathology and cytopathology

Our Locations

Brandywine Hospital Main Laboratory
201 Reeceville Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
(610) 383-8089
Hours:
Monday to Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

Brandywine Hospital Christiana Lab
Rte 41 at Lanchester Medical Center
Gap, PA 17527
(610) 593-7125
Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is my insurance accepted at Brandywine Hospital?
Most major PPO and POS insurances are accepted. It is recommended that you call our registration department before coming in just to verify the information at (610) 383-8100.

If my doctor gave me a script for another lab or hospital, for example a Quest Lab form, can I still come to a Brandywine Hospital Lab for this work?
Yes, service is determined by your insurance, not by which script you have.

How long should I fast before having lab work drawn?
10-12 hours of fasting is best for most fasting tests. If you have medication to take in the morning, it is acceptable to take it with a small amount of water.

Do you really need that much blood?
We take every precaution that we do not collect too much when drawing your blood. Certain tests do require more sample and the machines that are used to test your blood require a certain amount as well.



Common Lab Tests and their Uses


Complete Blood Count (aka CBC, CBC w/diff)
A CBC is a count of red and white blood cells and platelets in a specific amount of blood. It also measures the amount of hemoglobin and hematocrit. Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to tissues through the body, and brings carbon dioxide from those tissues back to the lungs. Hematocrit measures the percentage of volume of whole blood that is made up of red cells. A CBC can be used for screening, diagnosis or management of certain diseases such as anemia, infection and certain types of cancer.

Lipid Panel
Increased cholesterol in the blood is a major cause of heart disease. When there is too much cholesterol, plaque forms that can block the arteries; too much plaque may lead to heart attacks or strokes. There are two types of cholesterol:

  • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL): HDL is the good cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from the arteries
  • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL): LDL is the bad cholesterol that builds up and blocks blood flow in the arteries.

Triglycerides are also an important test to have done. This test shows the amount of fat in the blood at the time you have your blood drawn.

If you're doctor has requested that you have a lipid panel or cholesterol test, it is recommended that you fast for 10-12 hours (a small amount of water, black coffee and any medications are permitted.