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After-hours lab visits allow your child to have blood samples taken after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. St. Jude offers after-hours labs to make regular blood draws easier for your child and family.
You must schedule lab-only visits in advance. Your child will not see a doctor during a lab-only visit.
The medical team decides whether your child can have lab-only visits. This decision is based on whether your child:
If your child does not arrive at the scheduled time, the staff will cancel the visit. If you miss several after-hours visits, you will no longer be able to schedule lab-only visits.
If you arrive between 5–9 p.m.:
If you arrive after 9 p.m.:
For patients on hydroxyurea, the absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is the most important count. If your child's ANC level falls below 500, the hematologist will call you. It could be dangerous for your child to take hydroxyurea with a low ANC. The hematologist will adjust the dose or have your child stop taking hydroxyurea for a while. You must give an up-to-date phone number during registration so the hematologist can reach you if needed.
You will not see a doctor or a member of the Hematology team at a lab-only visit. If your child is sick, call the Infusion Center at 901-595-2441.
Reviewed: August 2022