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Friday, February 6, 2015

BLOOD TESTS - LABORATORY / PHLEBOTOMIST in Costa Rica



WONDERFUL BLOOD LABORATORY in Escazu (Centro)
(and Clown!)

Laboratorio Clinicio San Miguel
(2-289-8415 / 2-228-9086 / 8-374-5074-Emergencies)
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 6am-6pm, Sat. 6am-noon
LOCATION:  Escazu (Centro) - Directly in front of the bell on the North side of the church/iglesia   

I found an AWESOME laboratory for Blood work with GREAT prices AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, with a WONDERFUL phlebotomist - Renan!!!  He’s the BEST person I’ve EVER had for drawing my blood!!!  My veins are REALLY HARD to find (I’d make a horrible junkie!)!!  Most of the time they have to poke a couple+ times or dig around while inside but Renan gets a gusher the first poke & I rarely feel ANYTHING - going in or out!!!   Not only that but he said he could tell I was still a child so I got a cherry (my favorite flavor) sucker AND he made me a poodle balloon as on the side - Renan is also Mangongo the Clown (available for parties!! 8-374-5091 / 2-289-4611 / mangongo17@gmail.com in case you know someone that's seeking such a person).   He has GREAT energy!!!!  

Unfortunately the staff doesn't speak much English (see if a part-time worker Sigafrido is still working there) but I just had one of my English-speaking taxi drivers there to help me out initially (see my list of English-speaking Taxi Drivers at

I had a BIG TIME blood work-up - the type that does cholesterol and all that stuff PLUS an HIV/STD test (hey - I’m single) and the whole test was around $140.  Katrina had a similar test (withOUT the “extra” test) and paid almost double for it at a nearby lab.  

Patricia-Front Desk / Dr. Gilberto-Owner  


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MICROBIOLOGIST / CLINICAL CHEMIST / BIOCHEMIST / PHLEBOTOMIST

From what I keep hearing OVER and OVER, the BEST person in Costa Rica to go to for ANY type of DETAILED BLOOD TESTS / BLOOD WORKUP - MICROBIOLOGIST / CLINICAL CHEMIST / BIOCHEMIST / PHLEBOTOMIST - with some of the BEST/most advanced equipment in Costa Rica - ESPECIALLY for anything important is:

Dr. ALVARO APESTEGUI
with LABICLIN

I don't know if I've EVER heard such RAVE reviews as I have on this doctor!!

Dr. Alvaro was trained in the states at Tulane University and I hear when he and his bud/associate Dr. Paolo Castro get together, the conversations are out of this world as BOTH have such incredible PASSION for their fields and learning!!!!

LABS LOCATIONS:
They have 3 locations*:
West (Main) - Sabana Este (2-233-5545 / 2-233-5557). HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-6pm, Sat. 8-11:30am. Alvaro is mainly here so if you really want him, call him on his cell (8-344-5600)
East - Curridabat - next door to POPS Ice Cream (2-281-2063) - HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7-11am and 2-6pm, Sat. 8-11:30am
San Jose (Downtown) (2-223-6643) - next door to the pharmacy inside Clinica Americana 1st floor in Biblica in the old building - next to the drug store.
*AND, he can make Housecall's (start at 5,000 [within San Jose] - depending on your area).


DO I HAVE TO COME BACK TO GET MY RESULTS?
Alvaro aims to make your life easier (heck, just by the fact he has 3 offices tell you that!!) so he can give you a password where you (and/or your doctor) can get your results via the internet so you don't need to come back in.


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Laboratorio Clínico Fernandez  
(2-228-7474 / 8-391-9359) 
On the expensive side.  I hear if it’s needed, they can do HOME VISITS (for a fee).   
LOCATION:  in front of the Paco MALL (per Daniel)


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1 comment:

Karen said...

I was searching for someone that did live cell blood analysis in Costa Rica. The name Zoli Hargitai was listed with a Costa Rica cell number 8-319-1483. The number is not a functioning number. I looked at the website listed amm.org.mx and it lists Zoli and others in Mexico. If there is someone in Costa Rica, do you know the contact information?
Karen