The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness maintains its own laboratory, which performs more than 200,000 tests each year. These tests assist in disease diagnosis monitoring patient treatment and the detection of food and water contamination. Tests are also performed to monitor the proper operation of sewage treatment systems. The laboratory analyzes blood specimens from all Kentucky health departments for childhood lead poisoning and performs TB testing for a seven county area.
In addition the laboratory conducts tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and sickle cell anemia. The Laboratory also performs thousands of tests each year to analyze the water quality of public swimming pools throughout Metro Louisville. Additionally, the public health laboratory tests for drugs of abuse for various treatment programs such as the Kentucky Department for Child Based Services and the M.O.R.E. Center.
To reach the laboratory, call (502) 574-6540