2018 Holiday Notices

Austin Laboratory Christmas and New Year 

Holiday Closure Reminders

 

Newborn Screening Laboratory:

Christmas Holiday Closed Dates:

12/25/2018 – 12/26/2018

  • Newborn screening specimens received and accessioned on Monday, 12/24/2018 will be tested immediately by the Newborn Screening Laboratory.
  • Healthcare providers may be notified of critical level preliminary presumptive positive results on Tuesday, 12/25/2018.
  • Newborn screening testing will resume on Thursday, 12/27/18.

New Year’s Holiday Closed Date: 1/1/2019

  • Newborn screening specimens received and accessioned on Monday, 12/31/2018 will be tested immediately by the Newborn Screening Laboratory.
  • Newborn screening testing will resume on Wednesday, 1/2/2019.

Reminders:

  • DO NOT delay collection or shipment of newborn screening specimens.
  • Ship dried specimens within 24 hours. If mail or courier services are unavailable, ship as quickly as possible.


Clinical Chemistry Laboratory:

Christmas Holiday Closed Dates:

12/24/2018 – 12/26/2018

New Year’s Holiday Closed Date:

1/1/2019

  • Specimen submissions for total hemoglobin, lead, glucose, lipid/cholesterol and creatinine testing must be received by Friday, 12/21/2018 to complete testing prior to the Christmas holiday and by Friday, 12/28/2018 to complete testing prior to the New Year’s holiday.
  • DO NOT ship cholesterol, lipid panel, glucose, or creatinine specimens between the dates of 12/21/18 - 12/26/18; and 12/28/18 - 1/1/2019.

Reminders:

  • Specimens submitted for lead and total hemoglobin testing must be received within 14 days of collection.
  • Specimens submitted for glucose, lipid/cholesterol, and creatinine testing must be received according to specimen submission guidelines available at 
    https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/MRS_labtests_toc.shtm


Microbiology Testing Notices:

Christmas Holiday Closed Dates:

12/24/2018 – 12/26/2018

New Year’s Holiday Closed Date:

1/1/2019

Rabies Laboratory: 

Note: Specimens for Rabies testing should be shipped via Greyhound Bus. 

  • Specimens for Rabies testing received before 3:00 PM on Friday, 12/21/2018 will be tested Saturday, 12/22/2018.
    • Positive results will be called out Saturday, 12/22/2018.
    • Negative specimen results will be available Thursday, 12/27/2018.  
  • Emergency testing will be available on Saturday, 12/22/2018 and Wednesday, 12/26/2018, by arrangement with laboratory personnel (512-776-7595), if specimen receipt can be guaranteed.
  • All other specimens will be tested on Thursday, 12/27/2018 and reported the same day.  
  • Specimens for Rabies testing received before 3:00 PM on Friday, 12/28/2018 will be tested on Saturday, 12/29/2018.
    • Positive results will be called out Saturday, 12/29/2018. 
    • Negative results will be available on Wednesday, 1/2/2019. 
  • Emergency testing will be available on Saturday, 12/29/2018 and Monday, 12/31/2018 by arrangement with laboratory personnel (512-776-7595), if specimen receipt can be guaranteed
  • Specimens received after 3:00 PM on Friday, 12/28/2018 and before 8:00 AM on Wednesday, 1/2/2019 will be tested on 1/2/2019 and positive results will be called out before 5:00 PM.  

Viral Isolation Laboratory: 

  • DO NOT ship specimens for delivery Saturday, 12/22/2018 through Wednesday, 12/26/2018. 
    • Store specimens collected during this time period at -70°C or below and ship specimens on dry ice for delivery on 12/27/2018.
  • DO NOT ship specimens for receipt on Monday, 12/31/2018. 
    • Store specimens at -70°C or below and ship for delivery on Wednesday, 1/2/2019.

Mycobacteriology/Mycology Laboratory:

  • To receive expedited AFB Smear and/or NAA for M. tuberculosis test results before the Christmas holiday:
    • Ensure specimens are delivered to the laboratory by 8:00 AM on Friday, 12/21/2018.
    • Telephone expedited test requests to 512-776-7342.
  • DO NOT ship specimens on Friday, 12/21/2018 through Tuesday, 12/25/2018.
    • Store collected specimens in the refrigerator and ship on Wednesday, 12/26/2018. 
  • DO NOT ship specimens to be delivered on Monday, 12/31/2018 or Tuesday, 1/1/2019. 
    • Store collected specimens in refrigerator and ship for delivery on Wednesday, 1/2/2019.

   

Questions? Contact the Texas DSHS Laboratory:

Call toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7318 or for local calls 512-776-7318

Email: LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov

NewbornScreeningLab@dshs.texas.gov

Or: ClinicalChemistry@dshs.texas.gov





Texas Department of State Health Services - Laboratory

 Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Reminders

The Texas DSHS Laboratory in Austin will be closed:

11/22/2018 - Thursday
11/23/2018 – Friday

  


Newborn Screening (NBS)

Testing Notices:

  • NBS specimens received and accessioned on Wednesday, 11/21/2018 will be tested immediately by the NBS laboratory.
  • Healthcare providers may be notified of critical level preliminary presumptive positive results on Thursday, 11/22/2018 (Thanksgiving Day).
  • NBS testing will resume on Saturday, 11/24/2018.
  • Healthcare providers may be notified of critical level preliminary presumptive positive results on Sunday, 11/25/2018.

 

Healthcare Provider Reminders: 

  • DO NOT delay collection or shipment of newborn screening specimens.
  • Ship dried specimens within 24 hours. If mail or courier services are unavailable, ship as quickly as possible.

  


Clinical Chemistry

Testing Notices:

  • The Clinical Chemistry laboratory must receive specimen submissions for total hemoglobin, lead, glucose, lipid/cholesterol and creatinine testing by Wednesday, 11/21/2018 to complete testing prior to the holiday.
  • DO NOT ship cholesterol, lipid profile, glucose, or creatinine specimens on Fridays or on the day before a state-observed holiday.

 

Healthcare Provider Reminders:

  • Specimens submitted for lead and total hemoglobin testing must be received within 14 days of collection.
  • Specimens submitted for glucose, lipid/cholesterol and creatinine testing must be received according to specimen submission guidelines available at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/mrs_labtests_toc.shtm
          


Microbiology

Testing Notices:

  • Specimens for rabies testing should be shipped via Greyhound Bus.  Specimens received between 8 AM and noon on Wednesday, 11/21/2018 will be tested Friday, 11/23/2018 and positive results will be called out before noon. 
  • Emergency testing will be available on Friday, 11/23/2018 and Saturday, 11/24/2018 by arrangement with laboratory personnel (512-776-7595) if specimen receipt can be guaranteed.   Negative specimen results will be available Monday, 11/26/2018.  All other specimens will be tested on Monday, 11/26/2018 and reported before 5 PM.


Healthcare Provider Reminders:

  • Viral Isolation Laboratory:  Do not ship specimens Wednesday, 11/21/2018 – Sunday, 11/25/2018.  If specimens are collected during this time period, please store at -70°C or below and ship specimens the following week, beginning Monday, 11/26/2018 on dry ice.
  • Mycobacteriology/Mycology Laboratory (TB): To receive expedited AFB Smear and/or NAAfor M. tuberculosis test results before the holiday, please ensure that specimens are delivered to the laboratory by 8:30 AM on Wednesday, 11/21/2018. Please telephone expedited test requests to 512-776-7342.

   

Questions? Contact the Texas DSHS Laboratory:

Call toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7318 or for local calls 512-776-7318

Email: LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov

NewbornScreeningLab@dshs.texas.gov

Or: mailto:ClinicalChemistry@dshs.texas.gov



Texas Department of State Health Services - Laboratory

Christmas and New Year Holiday Closure Reminders

 

The Texas DSHS Laboratory will be closed:

12/25/2017 – Monday

12/26/2017 - Tuesday

1/1/2018 – Monday

1/2/2018 - Tuesday

 

Newborn Screening

Testing Notices:

Christmas Holiday

  • Newborn screening specimens received and accessioned on Saturday, 12/23/2017 will be tested immediately by the Newborn Screening Laboratory.
  • Healthcare providers may be notified of critical level preliminary presumptive positive results on Sunday, 12/24/2017 (Christmas Eve).
  • Newborn screening testing will resume on Tuesday, 12/26/2017.

New Year’s Holiday

  • Newborn screening specimens received and accessioned on Saturday, 12/30/2017 will be tested immediately by the Newborn Screening Laboratory.
  • Newborn screening testing will resume on Tuesday, 1/2/2018.

Healthcare Provider Reminders:

  • DO NOT delay collection or shipment of newborn screening specimens.
  • Ship dried specimens within 24 hours. If mail or courier services are unavailable, ship as quickly as possible.

 

Clinical Chemistry

Testing Notices:

  • Specimen submissions for total hemoglobin, lead, glucose, lipid/cholesterol and creatinine testing must be received by Friday, 12/22/2017 to complete testing prior to the Christmas holiday and by Friday, 12/29/2017 to complete testing prior to the New Year’s holiday.
  • DO NOT ship cholesterol, lipid panel, glucose or creatinine specimens on 12/22/17 through 12/25/17 or on 12/29/17.

Healthcare Provider Reminders:

  • Specimens submitted for lead and total hemoglobin testing must be received within 14 days of collection.
  • Specimens submitted for glucose, lipid/cholesterol and creatinine testing must be received according to specimen submission guidelines available at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/mrs_labtests_toc.shtm

   

Microbiology

Rabies Laboratory:

Christmas Holiday

  • Specimens for Rabies testing should be shipped via Greyhound Bus.  Specimens received between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Friday, 12/22/2017 will be tested Saturday, 12/23/2017 and positive results will be called out Saturday, 12/23/2017.  Negative specimen results will be available Wednesday, 12/27/2017.   Emergency testing will be available on Saturday, 12/23/2017 and Tuesday, 12/26/2017, by arrangement with laboratory personnel (512-776-7595) if specimen receipt can be guaranteed.  All other specimens will be tested on Wednesday, 12/27/2017 and reported the same day.

New Year’s Holiday

  • Specimens for Rabies testing received before 3:00 PM on Friday, 12/29/2017 will be tested on Saturday before noon.  Specimens with positive results will be called out to submitters by noon Saturday, 12/30/2017.  Negative results will be available on Tuesday, 1/2/2018.  Emergency testing will be available on Saturday, 12/30/2017 and Monday, 1/1/2018 by arrangement with laboratory personnel if specimen receipt can be guaranteed.  Specimens received after 3:00 PM on Friday, 12/29/2017 and before 8:00 AM on Tuesday, 1/2/2018 will be tested on 1/2/2018 and positive results will be called out before 5:00 PM.  

Viral Isolation Laboratory: 

  • Do not ship specimens for delivery, Saturday, 12/23/2017 through Tuesday, 12/26/2017.  If specimens are collected during this time period, store them at      -70°C or below and ship specimens on dry ice for delivery on 12/27/2017.
  • Do not ship specimens for receipt on Monday, 1/1/2018 or Tuesday, 1/2/2018.  If necessary, store specimens at -70°C or below and ship for delivery on Wednesday, 1/3/2018.

Mycobacteriology/Mycology Laboratory:

  • To receive expedited AFB Smear and/or NAA for M. tuberculosis test results before the Christmas holiday, ensure that specimens are delivered to the laboratory by 8:00 AM on Friday, 12/22/2017. Please telephone expedited test requests to 512-776-7342.
  • Do not ship specimens on Friday, 12/22/2017 through Monday, 12/25/2017.  If specimens are collected during this time period, store them in the refrigerator and ship on Tuesday, 12/26/2017. 
  • Do not ship specimens to be delivered on Monday, 1/1/2018 or Tuesday, 1/2/2018.  Store collected specimens in refrigerator and ship for delivery on Wednesday, 1/3/2018.

   

Questions? Contact the Texas DSHS Laboratory:

Call toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7318 or for local calls 512-776-7318

Email: LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov

NewbornScreeningLab@dshs.texas.gov

Or: ClinicalChemistry@dshs.texas.gov

Last updated December 6, 2018