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Laboratory services

Integrated, multi-site lab services for hospital, clinic and home care patients.

Allina Health provides comprehensive laboratory services to patients in our network of hospitals, clinics and home care settings.

Allina Health Laboratory offers integrated, multi-site lab services in our network of hospitals, clinics and home care settings throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We perform more than nine million tests per year in partnership with Hospital Pathology Associates, HPA, the largest independent pathology group in Minnesota.

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What it is

Our combined staff of more than 1,000 laboratory professionals and more than 35 board-certified pathologists offer routine and specialized services 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week to Allina Health patients and communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Good to know

Allina Health Laboratory has seven Twin Cities locations for collection or drop off of samples (specimen).

A written order from your Minnesota licensed provider will be necessary to perform your lab work. We are unable to accept orders from providers located outside of Minnesota.

Please be prepared with the Allina Health Laboratory order request form from your provider/clinic and a copy of your insurance card.

Copies of the results of your laboratory work will be sent to your provider.

Use your secure Allina Health account to view test results within hours, most are released same day.

What to expect

Collection instructions

It's important to follow these instructions so your sample or specimen is collected the right way. This will help your test results be correct.

Follow the instructions (such as fasting) from your health care provider for test preparation or for collection at home or refer to the Related Links section below and click on your specific lab test for more information.

Samples may be collected by Allina Health Laboratory staff, or delivered to the any one of our lab locations.

Instructions are available in these languages: English, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

Fasting for a blood specimen collection

An overnight fast is required for a number of laboratory tests. If your provider has instructed you to fast prior to the collection of your blood specimen, please follow these instructions to ensure optimal results.

  • Do not eat or drink anything except normal amounts of plain water for 8-10 hours before the blood draw (8 hours for glucose testing). 
  • You may drink normal amounts of water, but no coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, or juice. In addition, you should avoid alcoholic beverages for 48 hours if lipid testing is ordered.
  • Do not smoke, chew gum, or exercise the morning of the test.
  • Take your medications, unless your provider has instructed you otherwise.

Fasting for a blood test - Patient card

Fine needle aspiration

Fine needle aspiration questions and answers

Bone marrow biopsy with aspiration

Cesarean birth patients

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Cesarean Birth patient instructions

Related links

Source: Allina Health
Reviewed by: Heather Dawson

First published: 3/4/2020
Last reviewed: 3/4/2020

Allina Health Everyday Clinic

This is a retail clinic location. We offer basic services for minor injuries and illnesses for patients 18 months and older. We do not see visits for workers' or injury compensation.

From the list below, please select the condition that best describes what you would like to be seen for. If you do not see what you are looking for, please visit an Urgent Care location or schedule a visit with your primary care provider.
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Everyday On Wheels

Everyday On Wheels mobile clinic is not wheel chair accessible due to the size of the vehicle. Patients should be able to safely climb a short set of stairs to enter the mobile clinic.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and have your mobile phone available for the provider to contact you when they are ready to see you.

We've changed how we provide some services with your care and safety in mind. Expanded virtual care services are available to schedule online. You can also call your clinic for help finding the best option.

Have you been to an Allina Health clinic or hospital before?

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What’s the reason for your visit?

Only these primary care appointments can be scheduled online. For all other appointments or with any questions, call 1-888-425-5462.

What’s the reason for your visit?

Only these primary care appointments can be scheduled online. For all other appointments or with any questions, call 1-888-425-5462.