Laboratory Services

The Abilene - Taylor County Public Health District operates a CLIA certified laboratory providing numerous tests. You must have Doctor's request before any of these tests can be performed:

  • Chemistry Profile - Used for many general health check-ups. Combination of 20 different chemistry tests. Checks for glucose, cholesterol, liver functions, and electrolytes
  • Complete Blood Count - Used for many general health check-ups. Checks for conditions such as anemia
  • Coronary Risk Profile - Checks the Total and HDL Cholesterol and performs calculations to determine a patients risk for coronary disease
  • Hepatitis B Antibody Test - shows if you are immune to Hepatitis B
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Syphilis Testing - Test for this sexually transmitted disease
  • Urinalysis - Detects any problems in the urinary tract, such as infections

Please call for individual lab pricing.

Water Testing

Total Coliform and E. coli bacteriological testing to determine suitability for drinking. We are a NELAC-Accredited Laboratory (PDF) serving Public Water Systems, Commercial Bottled/Vended Water Companies, and private entities and individuals. Our laboratory reports Revised Total Coliform Rule compliance data to the TCEQ.

Sterile Container

A sterile container can be obtained from the Health Department Laboratory, along with Instructions and Submission Forms. The fee is $25 for each sample, and samples must be submitted to the Laboratory within 30 hours from the time of sample collection. Samples may be submitted Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. Results are reported the following day and mailed to the client. If traveling long distances, please call in advance for assistance. We accept cash or check as forms of payment.

Collection Procedure

Disconnect any hoses, filters, or other devices from the faucet. Let water flow for several minutes to clear the line. Disinfect the faucet by flaming with a lighter, torch, etc. Reduce the flow, and aseptically collect water into the sterile container containing Sodium thiosulfate powder. 

Be sure not to touch the inside of the bottle or lid. Fill the container no less than 100mL, and secure the lid tightly. Keep the sample cool by transporting on ice or in a cooler. Samples must be submitted to the Health Department Laboratory within 30 hours from collection time. View the Sample Acceptance Policy (PDF).

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