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Direct Access Testing DAT

Instant Access to Medical Lab Tests

Direct Access Testing (DAT) is a service available at the Salida hospital, the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center, the Saguache Health Center and the Custer County Health Center in Westcliffe.

DAT gives you the option to order selected lab tests on your own, from a limited DAT menu, without a physician's order.

Your payment for tests is required up front by cash, check or credit card, along with an address and phone number. Insurance is not billed. Results will be mailed to you within four days of collection, unless the situation is vital to your well being and requiring urgent medical attention by a physician. When this happens you will be notified immediately.

A waiver explaining DAT specifics must be reviewed and signed prior to the draw. Persons under 18 years old will require a parent or legal guardian to sign.

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Available Tests

We offer 23 tests and panels that provide patients with preliminary information on their health. These tests are a useful way to obtain quick information regarding various factors that influence your overall well being.

Please note that these tests should not be used as a diagnostic tool, and you should review the results with your physician to discuss their significance.

Preregister for DAT

To save time at registration, you may download and print the forms needed to register for Direct Access Testing via the button below.


Please bring the completed forms with you to the hospital, the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center, the Saguache Health Center or the Custer County Health Center when you register. You may also obtain and complete these forms at the time of registration. We do not currently offer online registration or payment for Direct Access Testing.