Polk County Health Department


The Polk County Health Department Laboratory performs a variety of screening tests at an affordable price. You will need to make an appointment with our provider for all laboratory screening tests except for lead screenings which are available on a walk in basis during business hours.

If you need a Urine Drug Screen, our hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm with hours until 6:00 pm on Tuesdays. Starting April 25, 2019, ALL urine drug screens will be OBSERVED. 

Please call 286-3798 to schedule an appointment with our provider.

Hours of Business

  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday

Available Laboratory Screening Tests by Appointment Only:

  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Complete Blood Counts and Chemistry Screening
  • Urinalysis Screening
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Screening for Strep Throat
  • Screening for the Flu

Other Laboratory Screening Tests Available

Patients who wish to have an STD test must call 286-3798 to schedule an exam.  Same day appointments are available. Follow the link for exam information and a complete list of STDs, symptoms and treatment.

For more information regarding laboratory services contact:

Melanie Ackerman
Laboratory Supervisor
286-3774 (Main lab)
286-3758 (Office)

Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033

Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314