151 Everett Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150 617-889-8555
DIRECTOR: James Flood, PhD 617-726-3635
SR. TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Nancy Stanganelli 617-724-7112
SUPERVISOR: Michele Goodwin 617-889-8575
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Laboratory Specimen Collection
The Laboratory is open to accept and collect outpatient specimens
during the following hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Patients must have a valid MGH blue card, written orders, or a
completed requisition form containing the following information,
before coming to the Laboratory:
1. Name and Unit Number.
2. Type of Specimen
3. Tests requested.
4. Provider’s full name, telephone number, and location.
5. Diagnosis Code(s)
If a provider wishes to order a test not performed by the Chelsea
HealthCare Center Lab, please check off the test under the appropriate
Laboratory section on the Chelsea Laboratory requisition. All Blood
Transfusion Service (BTS) tests must be ordered on the appropriate
BTS requisition. The Laboratory will collect and forward specimens
to the appropriate laboratory for testing.
Providers who collect specimens in their offices or on home visits,
should label the specimen with the patient’s name and unit
number, place it in a plastic bag, and secure a completed requisition
around the specimen with an elastic.
Criteria For Specimen Refusal - The Lab reserves the right
to refuse a specimen under any of the following conditions:
- Specimen not labeled with patient’s name and unit number.
- Name on specimen and requisition do not agree.
- Specimen is more than 24 hours old.
- Urine specimens more than 1 hour old and unrefrigerated.
- Quantity Not Sufficient (QNS) for testing.
- Specimen unsuitable for testing.
- Date of Specimen unknown.
- Specimen arrives without a requisition.
- Improperly sealed or leaking container.
Results are accessible by PCIS/CAS and are available by calling 617-724-LABS
(5227). Tests performed at the Chelsea HealthCare Center Laboratory
are offered on a routine and STAT basis. The use of STAT is reserved
for tests that are for urgent care. Tests performed at the Chelsea
HealthCare Center Laboratory are offered on a routine, ASAP basis.