The Division of Laboratory Services is a CLIA certified public health laboratory located at 430 East Gray Street that operates as a support system to the medical and environmental divisions of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.
The lab provides test results that are used in patient management, disease surveillance and the enforcement of environmental ordinances. On average, more than 122,000 medical and environmental samples are tested annually.
In support of the Louisville Metro Division of Environmental Health Services, the laboratory analyzes public swimming pool and waste water samples for the presence of bacteria; mosquito and bird samples are tested for West Nile Virus and animal specimens are accepted for Rabies and forwarded to the Kentucky Dept. of Public Health in Frankfort for testing.
The lab is also an approved clinical Lead (Pb) testing site for childhood and adult blood Lead levels, serving more than 50 counties in Kentucky.
The Division of Laboratory Services also supports Communicable Disease Prevention Services by performing tests on patient samples to aid in the diagnosis of Tuberculosis, as well as such sexually transmitted diseases as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Herpes.
Many other programs and agencies throughout Louisville Metro rely on the laboratory to analyze urine samples for drugs of abuse, as well as blood samples for Sickle Cell Disease.
Medical specimens are only accepted from doctor’s offices and clinics.
No patients are seen and no specimens are collected in the laboratory.
The lab's operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information contact us at 574-6540.