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  • The Medical City's 'Lab On Wheels' Bring Laboratory Tests To Metro Manila Homes

    COVID-19 testing will not be included in this program.
    by Kate Borbon .
The Medical City's 'Lab On Wheels' Bring Laboratory Tests To Metro Manila Homes
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  • The Medical City (TMC) has launched a new program called “Lab on Wheels,” which will allow people to take laboratory tests right in their home without having to go to the hospital.

    In a Facebook post, TMC announced that under the program, skilled medical technologists will come to homes in Metro Manila to collect samples that will be tested at TMC’s clinical laboratory.

    Those who will avail of TMC’s Lab on Wheels program are people with routine diagnostic laboratory procedure requirements who live in Metro Manila, newly-discharged patients who are under monitoring, and elderly, immune-compromised, and bedridden patients who need to remain at home.

    The tests that you can book under this service include hematology, blood chemistry, serological testing, and microscopy. In a news release, TMC emphasizes, “COVID-19-related testing is not part of this service as it is still recommended that the samples be collected in a closed, controlled environment to limit cross-infection.”

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    During the home visit, the staff who will perform specimen collections will be dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and the customers. They will also inform customers of the preparation guidelines they need to take before the home visit.

    A TMC laboratory representative will ask you about your preferred means to get your test results (email, fax, or pick-up). You will be able to receive your official receipt along with your results.

    Those who want to avail of the Lab on Wheels service may contact the TMC laboratory hotline at 8988-1000 ext. 6122 or 6421 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick-up times are at 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.

    Standard laboratory rates in the outpatient department will apply, but if you want to inquire about specific rates, you may contact the TMC laboratory hotline. According to a news release, the Lab on Wheels service is free for laboratory procedures worth a minimum of P2,500. Otherwise, a service charge of P375 will be charged.

    You may choose to pay in cash, via credit card, the online payment link, or via bank transfer through Banco de Oro (BDO) before the scheduled home visit.

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