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(877) 359-9179

4800 S. Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

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Laboratory Services

Our Mission: To provide high quality, timely, convenient laboratory procedures in a patient, family and safety focused environment

Patient safety is our utmost concern.  We perform laboratory testing on patients from pediatric to geriatric stages of life. Our staff adhere to the highest standards to ensure patient safety.

The Outer Banks Hospital Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), widely considered the “gold standard” for laboratory quality assurance. CAP accredits laboratories under deemed authority by CMS (Medicare). Laboratories accredited by CAP adhere to stringent standards to provide accurate, reliable laboratory testing.

Our Laboratory is under the medical direction of East Carolina University Regional Pathology, ECU Brody School of Medicine, Greenville, NC, a regional pathology practice of board certified and sub-specialty certified Pathologists.  Dr Ann Sutton, MD serves as Laboratory Medical Director. She is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and Vidant Health based in Greenville, NC.

Each of our Medical Technologists, Medical Technicians and Support Technicians are registered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, a standard of excellence in the laboratory field. Our laboratory participates in internal/external quality programs, staff competency assessments and regular professional education to ensure a high level of professional expertise and quality testing.

The Outer Banks Hospital Laboratory houses the only blood bank on the Outer Banks.

Laboratory Services include: 

• Clinical Chemistry
• Hematology
• Coagulation
• Microbiology
• Transfusion Services (Blood Bank)
• Urinalysis
• Immunology
• Serology
• Anatomical/Surgical Pathology

We offer a variety of services:

• Routine and stat blood collection
• Routine and stat urinalysis
• Nasal swab 

The following services are not collected in our Laboratory outpatient location. Please contact The Outer Banks Hospital Ambulatory Medical Unit (AMU) at 252-449-5606 to set up a collection:

• RSV nasal washing
• Skin scrapings
• Eye cultures
• Throat cultures
• Urine collection via catheter
• Blood collection via port or catheter

Outpatient Hours:

Outpatient hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm. No appointment is necessary.


Please bring your physician’s order, insurance information and 2 forms of personal identification (driver’s license, SS card, etc) to the hospital.  All patients must first complete a hospital registration prior to treatment. Registration allows for gathering of your physician’s order, insurance information and proper patient identification to ensure your safety during your visit.

How do I get a copy of my results?

If you wish to obtain a copy of your laboratory test results the day of your visit, please notify any one of your care providers and we will make arrangements for you to receive your records that day.  To obtain a copy of your laboratory test results any time after your visit, please call our Medical Records department at 252-449-4520. 
Please keep in mind that due to regulatory requirements, hospitals must keep a record of anyone receiving a copy of your medical records (including you!). You will be asked to complete a “Release of Medical Information” form prior to receiving your records.  This is a measure taken to protect your privacy. 

Click Here to download the "Release of Medical Information" form  

How do I drop off my specimen for laboratory testing?

To drop off a specimen for laboratory testing, please bring a physician’s order along with identification and insurance information and present to the hospital registration department during outpatient business hours. After hours, please present to the Emergency Department registration desk.

Online Laboratory Resources:

College of American Pathologists   
American Society of Clinical Pathologists