<%@LANGUAGE="VBSCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> MGH Lab Handbook- Chelsea HealthCare Center

151 Everett Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150 617-889-8555

Director: James Flood, PhD, Phone: 617-726-3635
Sr. Technical Director: Nancy Stanganelli, Phone: 617-724-7112
Supervisor: Maria Polito, Phone: 617-889-8555

Laboratory Hours
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

For Patients
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)

For Providers
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.

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This page last updated on January 18, 2017