Patient Information

Frequently Asked Questions

I need to have labs drawn, what do I need to know?

Patients should report to one of our three drawsite locations for registration, specimen collection or specimen drop-off:

  • The second floor of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, located at 500 Martha Jefferson Drive, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • The Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center at Proffit Rd., located at 3263 Proffit Road, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Health Services at Spring Creek, located at 29 Jefferson Court, Gordonsville, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

I have a requisition for a Glucose Tolerance Test, what do I need to do?

Based on the test(s) ordered by the physician, patients are encouraged to arrive for phlebotomy allowing an ample amount of time to have testing performed.

  • Fasting Blood Sugar (GLUF): The patient should be fasting at least 8 hours (overnight fast). Drinking water doesn't interfere with the test results.
  • 2-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT2): This test is used to test for diabetes mellitus. After at least an 8 hour fast, a fasting glucose is drawn. The patient is then given a 75-gram Glucose Tolerance Beverage. Two hours later, the blood sample is obtained.
    Glucose, 1 hour post 50 g Glucose (GL50): This test is ordered on pregnant women to test for gestational diabetes. The patient is given a 50-gram Glucose Tolerance Beverage. One hour later, the blood sample is obtained.
  • 3 Hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT3): This test is used to test pregnant women for gestational diabetes mellitus. After at least an 8-hour fast, a fasting glucose is drawn. The patient is then given a 100-gram Glucose Tolerance Beverage. Blood samples are then drawn at 1, 2 and 3 hours after the Glucose Tolerance Beverage ingested.
  • Additional Glucose Tolerance Tests for Males and non-pregnant Females: 3-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT3), 4-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT4), 5-Hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT5), the patient should be fasting at least 8 hours. A fasting glucose is drawn. The patient is given a 75-gram Glucose Tolerance Beverage. The patient is then drawn at each hour indicated by the test (i.e. 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours).

I have orders for Glucose and Rhogam testing, what do I need to know?

Patients should report to the second floor of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, located at 500 Martha Jefferson Drive, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

After registration, they will report to the outpatient draw station where they will be given a glucose tolerance beverage to ingest.

If the blood bank does have a current ABO/Rh (prenatal record) on file for the patient:

  • One hour later, once the subsequent venipuncture has been performed for the Glucose and Rhogam, the patient will be directed to the Sentara Martha Jefferson Infusion Center, located on the third floor of the Phillips Cancer Center at the Main Hospital, with the Order to Transfuse in hand. There, the patient will have the Rhogam administered by an Infusion Center nurse.

If the Blood Bank does not have a current ABO/Rh (prenatal record) on file for the patient:

  • One hour later, after the venipuncture is performed for the Glucose testing, the patient will be directed to the Martha Jefferson Infusion Center, located on the third floor of the Phillips Cancer Center at the Main Hospital, with the Order to Transfuse in hand. There, an Infusion Center nurse will perform a venipuncture for the Rhogam workup; as well as administer the Rhogam once workup has been completed.
  • The Infusion Center serves patients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Patients are encouraged to arrive at the OCC prior to, but no later than 3 p.m., allowing ample time for registration, administering of Glucola, and the required 1-hour interval for phlebotomy before 4 p.m. when the Infusion Center closes for the day.
  • Any patients arriving outside of the aforementioned times have the option of coming back the following day or in case of an emergency be registered and seen by an Emergency Department physician in order to receive Rhogam administration.

Where do I park and how much does it cost?

At our three outpatient labs, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Sentara Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center at Proffitt Road and our lab located at Sentara Spring Creek Family Medicine, there is ample parking available close to the main entrance.

At the Phillips Cancer Center, within the hospital, there is a parking area designated specifically for patients arriving for services at the Phillips Cancer Center. The parking area is located just to the right of the third floor main entrance. There is no charge to park at any of Sentara Martha Jefferson's facilities.

Where do I need to check-in?

You will be greeted by a friendly volunteer at the front door who will point you in the right direction. The registration and outpatient collection areas are located on the first floor of each location.

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