Onsite Lab Work Specialist

Natalia Southerland, MD -  - Family Physician

Brand New Med

Natalia Southerland, MD

Family Physician located in Waxahachie, TX

When you go to the doctor for lab work, there’s no need to wait days for an accurate diagnosis. At Brand New Med in Waxahachie, Texas, Dr. Natalia Southerland offers on-site lab work for routine health screenings and as an accurate diagnostic tool. Whether you need blood glucose testing or a pregnancy test, Dr. Southerland provides fast lab results from the convenience of her office. To schedule lab work, schedule an appointment online or call Brand New Med today.

Lab Work Q & A

What lab testing options are available on-site?

Brand New Med offers a variety of on-site lab testing, including:

  • Urinalysis
  • Urine pregnancy test
  • Blood glucose testing
  • Rapid strep testing

Dr. Southerland also provides off-site lab testing with discounted rates for more complex tests, including blood work.

Why do I need a urinalysis?

A urinalysis is a test that can detect a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney problems
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Through urinalysis, Dr. Southerland evaluates the appearance, content, and concentration of your urine. Cloudy urine can indicate an infection, or high concentrations of protein in your urine can indicate early stage kidney disease.

Dr. Southerland may also use a urinalysis as a screening tool during a routine wellness exam or to identify the cause of abnormal pain in your back or abdomen.

What is blood glucose testing?

Blood glucose testing is a method for managing diabetes. Testing involves Dr. Southerland taking a small sample of your blood to measure your glucose levels. People with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes need to perform regular glucose testing to help effectively manage the condition.

Dr. Southerland might perform blood glucose testing as part of your management plan for diabetes. She may also use it as a screening tool if you have a family history of diabetes to identify prediabetes conditions.

How does a rapid strep test work?

A strep test identifies the presence of strep bacteria when you have a sore throat. A rapid strep test involves a simple swabbing of cells from your throat. You get the results quickly so Dr. Southerland can provide you with prompt, effective treatment.

Since strep throat is a contagious condition, it’s important that you receive an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible to prevent strep throat from affecting others in your household or workplace.

To treat strep throat, Dr. Southerland prescribes a course of antibiotics to help you feel better. Taking your antibiotics as recommended helps resolve your symptoms more quickly and prevent additional medical issues from developing such as sinus and tonsil infections.

To learn more about on- and off-site lab work, schedule an appointment by calling Brand New Med or using online booking.