Direct Access Testing

Midland Memorial Hospital offers a limited selection of laboratory tests that can be done without a physician order at an affordable cost. There is no need to register, so waiting time is reduced as the patient can bypass patient access and report directly to the laboratory. Known as Direct Access Testing, this service is available at two locations:

Midland Memorial Hospital
West Campus
4214 Andrews Highway
Midland, TX
Monday –Friday
 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
**With the exception of hospital holidays

Midland Memorial Hospital
Main Campus
400 Rosalind Redfern Grover Parkway
Midland, TX
Monday –Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
**With the exception of hospital holidays

The Cardiac profile is one commonly requested listing and is designed to help identify individuals at risk for coronary artery disease. The profile includes a triglyceride level, total cholesterol and HDL and LDL levels. Fasting prior to having blood drawn for this testing is highly recommended.

Another frequently requested profile is the Diabetes profile, which includes a glucose (fasting or nonfasting) and hemoglobin A1C which are used to monitor therapy and long term glucose control in diabetics. Also offered are a thyroid profile to check for hyper and hypothyroidism, a hepatic profile which evaluates liver function and the universal profile which includes a Complete Blood Count (CBC) to aid in the diagnosis of infection, anemia and other blood cell diseases and a Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (CMP) to evaluate electrolytes, kidney and liver function.

A variety of individual tests are offered such as pregnancy tests, PSA, Testosterone Free (newly added), Vitamin D and  Protime with INR to aid patients in screening and monitoring their own medical status. All results are given to the patient along with a normal range of expected results and a sheet explaining what the tests are used for. Patients with significantly abnormal results are advised to see their physician or are provided a referral telephone number if they do not have a physician.

The advantage that Midland Memorial Hospital hopes to offer patients utilizing Direct Access Testing is a time savings by avoiding a registration process as well as a low cost alternative to monitoring their own health care. 

The testing must be paid for by cash, check or credit card. Insurance is NOT accepted for Direct Access testing. Those that desire to use their insurance must have a doctor’s order and must register with Patient Access.