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DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

 Thanksgiving Holiday Closure:

Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hour on

Wednesday, November 25 and will be closed through Friday, November 27:

                                                                                     
  • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens received on Wednesday will be performed and reported, do not ship specimens on Wednesday, 11/26.)
  • TB Mycobacteriology: NOON
  • Emergency Preparedness (BT): NOON
  • Serology: NOON
                                                                 

THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

Monday, November 30, 2020   

PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                                                                 
    • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
    • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
    • 956-364-8753 (TB Mycobacteriology)
    • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)
     

      To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

    http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

      THANK YOU

    Posted Nov 16, 2020


    DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

    Veterans’ Day Holiday Closure:

    Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

       

    TB Elimination submitters, keep in mind specimen stability times for specimens collected Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10. Specimens collected on Monday, 11/9 should be shipped the same day. Specimens collected on Tuesday, 11/10 risk temperature (due to ice packs thawing) and stability issues if shipped same day and not received by the laboratory until Thursday, 11/12.

    Chemistries are stable for 48 hours or longer if aliquots are frozen and shipped on cold packs. CBCs are stable for 48 hours (do not freeze CBCs).   

     

    Cameron and Hidalgo County submitters, please deliver specimens by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 10 to ensure testing is completed.

           

    THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

    Thursday, November 12.

         

    PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

    o 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
    o 956-364-8750 (Serology)
    o 956-364-8753 (TB)
    o 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)


          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

             

          THANK YOU

          Posted Oct 21, 2020


          Changes to the Texas DSHS Laboratory Fee Schedule

             

          The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) is in the process of revising laboratory testing and fees for laboratory services to meet business needs.  These revisions are proposed to take effect January 1, 2021. Stakeholders can submit comments until December 30, 2020 at LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at:  Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.  

          Fee schedule changes:

          Visit https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/Fees/90-day-notice---Jan-2021-Fee-Schedule-Notice---full-letter-for-website.pdf to view all proposed fee schedule changes, including:

          • fee changes to existing tests,
          • new tests added, and
          • existing tests discontinued.

          The new fee schedules will be posted to the DSHS Laboratory website by January 1, 2021.  To view the current Austin and South Texas DSHS Laboratory fee schedules, please use the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm 
           

          DSHS Laboratory Forms:

          As with previous fee revisions, the laboratory submission forms may also be revised.  Revised submission forms would be provided to you no later than December 31, 2020 for use beginning January 1, 2021.  

          Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

          Posted Oct 01, 2020


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

          LBJ’s Birthday Holiday Closure:

           

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hours on

          Thursday, August 27, 2020:

          Serology: OPEN ALL DAY

          Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

          Emergency Preparedness: NOON

          TB: NOON

             

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          Friday, August 28, 2020.

             

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

           

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

               

          THANK YOU

          Posted Aug 21, 2020


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

          Independence Day Holiday Closure:

           

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at 12:00 pm on

          Friday, July 3, 2020:

           

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          Monday, July 6, 2020

           

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)
                               

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

          Posted May 26, 2020


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

          Emancipation Day Holiday Closure:

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at 12:00 pm on

          Friday, June 19, 2020:   

          CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

          PLEASE DROP OFF SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          Monday, June 22, 2020/    

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)          

          To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

          http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

          THANK YOU

          Posted June 12, 2022


          Notice regarding testing and submission of specimens for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) testing

           

          ALL specimens for 2019 nCoV testing require preapproval.   Contact your Local Health Department or DSHS Public Health Region (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/regions/2019-nCoV-Local-Health-Entities/) to ensure patient meets Patient Under Investigation (PUI) criteria for testing and to obtain DSHS approval to test. Specimens MUST meet PUI criteria for testing prior to shipping and WILL NOT be tested without prior approval.  Please DO NOT ship specimens prior to receiving this approval.

          Posted  February 10, 2020


          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

          Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder:  


          South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

          Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (all day)

          Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (all day)

          Thursday, December 26, 2019 (all day)

          Friday, December 27, 2019 (at noon)

          AND

          Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (at noon)

          Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (all day)

          PLEASE DO NOT SHIP SPECIMENS MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 OR MONDAY, DECEMBER 30  

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2019

          AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020  

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

          • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
          • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
          • 956-364-8753 (TB)
          • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

            THANK YOU

          Posted  December 23, 2019



          Changes to the Texas DSHS Laboratory Fee Schedule

          Including a fee increase to the NBS test

             

          The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section (LSS) is in the process of revising laboratory testing and fees for laboratory services to meet business needs.  These revisions are proposed to take effect January 1, 2020. Stakeholders can submit comments until December 30, 2019 at LabInfo@dshs.texas.gov or by mail at:  Laboratory Services Section, Attn. Fee Schedule Changes, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.  

           

          Increase of Fees Due to Inflation:

          The broadest change to the Austin and South Texas DHS Laboratory fee schedules would include the addition of 3% inflation to testing fees that have not been updated in the past year.  DSHS’ inflation-related increases would mirror medical inflation which is calculated by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Laboratory Services Section would adopt inflation-related increases to offset increased testing costs, such as laboratory supplies and various procedural/ technological changes that allow Texas to keep pace with public health lab testing standards.

           

          There will be a fee increase to the NBS test:

          Effective January 1, 2020, the new cost of PAID newborn screening (NBS) kits will be raised to $60.58 due to the addition of X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) to the test panel.  PAID NBS kits ordered on or after January 1, 2020 will be billed at the new price of $60.58.

           

          Other fee schedule changes:

          Visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/Fees/90-day-notice---Jan-2020-Fee-Schedule-Notice---full-letter-for-website.pdf to view all proposed fee schedule changes, including:

          • fee changes to existing tests,
          • changes to test names to more accurately reflect the actual test procedure,
          • new tests added, and
          • existing tests discontinued.

           

          The new fee schedules will be posted to the DSHS Laboratory website by January 1, 2020.  To view the current Austin and South Texas DSHS Laboratory fee schedules, please use the following link: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/fees.shtm


          DSHS Laboratory Forms:

          As with previous fee revisions, the laboratory submission forms will also be revised.  Revised submission forms will be provided to you no later than 

          December 31, 2019, and they may be used beginning January 1, 2020. 

          Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

          Posted October 1, 2019



          DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

          Labor Day Holiday Closure:

           

          Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019.

           

          FEDEX DOES NOT HAVE PICKUP OR DELIVERY SERVICE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND SPECIMEN STABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

             

          THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

          Tuesday, September 3, 2019

           

          PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              o 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
              o 956-364-8750 (Serology)
              o 956-364-8753 (TB)
              o 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

              To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

              http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

               

              Please refer to the FedEx website for their holiday schedule:

              https://www.fedex.com/en-us/service-guide/holiday-schedule.html

              THANK YOU

              Posted: August 22, 2019


              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

              LBJ’s Birthday Holiday Closure:

               

              Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following time on

              Tuesday, August 27, 2019:

               

              Serology: OPEN ALL DAY

              Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

              Emergency Preparedness: OPEN ALL DAY

              TB: NOON


              CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

              PLEASE DELIVER CLINICAL SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM FOR SAME DAY TESTING. IF CLINICAL SPECIMENS ARE DELIVERED AFTER 11:00, THEY WILL BE HELD FOR TESTING THE FOLLOWING DAY.


              THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

              Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

                 

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
              • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
              • 956-364-8753 (TB)
              • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

               

              To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

              http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                    THANK YOU

              Posted: August 22, 2019        



              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

              Independence Day Holiday Closure:


              Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed

              Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5, 2019.


              TB Elimination submitters, please do not ship specimens on Wednesday, July 3.


              The Laboratory will resume normal business hours on Monday, July 8, 2019.

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              956-364-8751 or 956-346-8752 (Clinical)

              956-364-8750 (Serology)

              956-364-8753 (TB)

              956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

              To sign up to receive email updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

              http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

              Posted June 18, 2019


              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

              Emancipation Day Holiday Closure:


              Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen

              will close at the following hours on Wednesday, June 19, 2019:


              Serology: 5:00 PM

              Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): 2:00 PM

              Emergency Preparedness: 5:00 PM

              TB: Noon


              CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

              CLINICAL SPECIMENS DELIVERED AFTER 2:00 PM WILL BE PROCESSED AND TESTED THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH.


              The Laboratory will resume normal business hours on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

              956-364-8750 (Serology)

              956-364-8753 (TB)

              956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

              To sign up to receive email updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

              http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm


              Posted June 18, 2019



              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

              Memorial Day Holiday Closure:

              South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

              Monday, May 27, 2019 
              FedEx delivery will also be closed and unavailable to pick up packages


              The laboratory will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

              956-364-8750 (Serology)

              956-364-8753 (TB)

              956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

              To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:


              http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

              THANK YOU


              Posted May 6, 2019




              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

              Good Friday Holiday Closure:

                South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be CLOSED on

              Friday, April 19, 2019.

               

              TB ELIMINATION SUBMITTERS: PLEASE DO NOT SHIP SPECIMENS TO STL ON THURSDAY, APRIL 18. THE SERUM OF CHEMISTRY SPECIMENS CAN BE SEPARATED AND FROZEN FOR SHIPPING THE FOLLOWING WEEK. CBCs HAVE A 48 HOUR STABILITY FROM THE TIME OF COLLECTION. 

              CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

              PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS THURSDAY APRIL 18 BY 3:00 P.M.


              THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

              Monday, April 22, 2019

                 

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
              • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
              • 956-364-8753 (TB)
              • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

              To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

              http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

              Thank You

               Posted April 11, 2019 



              The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section(LSS) is proposing changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

              The purpose of the changes is to repeal rules §73.54 and §73.55 related to the Fee Schedule for Clinical Testing and Newborn Screening, as well as Chemical Analyses, from TAC. Additionally, rule §73.41 will be amended to direct stakeholders to the LSS website to view the most current laboratory fee schedule.

              The public comment period ends January 27, 2019.  Additional details, including a full draft of the proposed rule changes may be found here.    https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking

              Posted January 10, 2019 



              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY

              Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder:


              South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:


              Monday, December 24, 2018

              Tuesday, December 25, 2018 

              Wednesday, December 26, 2018

              AND

              Monday, December 31, 2018

              Tuesday, January 1, 2019


              THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON


              THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2018–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

              AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)

              956-364-8750 (Serology)

              956-364-8753 (TB)

              956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

               

              Posted December 12, 2018   



              DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY 

              Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

               

              Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at NOON on Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23

               

              • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens received on Wednesday will be performed and reported)
              • TB Mycobacteriology: NOON
              • Emergency Preparedness (BT): NOON
              • Serology: NOON
                 

              CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

              PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 21.

                 

              THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON 

              Monday, November 26, 2018

                 

              PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

              • 956-364-8751 or 956-3648752 (Clinical)
              • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
              • 956-364-8753 (TB Mycobacteriology)
              • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Prepardness)

                  To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                  THANK YOU


                  Posted October 31, 2018   


                  The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Laboratory Services Section  is proposing changes to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

                  The purpose of the changes is to repeal rules §73.54 and §73.55 related to the Fee Schedule for Clinical Testing and Newborn Screening, as well as Chemical Analyses, from TAC. Additionally, rule §73.41 will be amended to direct stakeholders to the LSS website to view the most current laboratory fee schedule.

                  Changes to the Laboratory’s Public Fee Schedule will be made based on the business needs of the LSS and the public health needs of the department and posted on the Laboratory’s website for stakeholder review. Changes to available laboratory testing and related pricing may include implementing new testing methodologies, updating fees to reflect the cost of testing, and eliminating certain low volume tests to make more efficient use of staff time and to reduce costs. Any increase in fees may include processes for stakeholder input as well as customer communication regarding all changes to the fee schedule.

                  A full draft of the proposed rule changes may be found in the draft rules section here. https://hhs.texas.gov/laws-regulations/policies-rules/health-human-services-rulemaking

                  For questions or comments please contact Martha Thompson at martha.thompson@dshs.texas.gov or 

                  (512) 776-6191 by August 31, 2018.

                  Posted August 20, 2018  


                  South Texas Laboratory Submitter Update: Dear Submitter

                  Please refer to the link below to LSO’s website to determine your city’s Latest Call In Time for same day pickup. As long as the requested pickup is called in before the Latest Call In Time, same day pickup service is available. These times vary based on rural zip codes. Most metroplex areas will have later call in times versus outlying smaller cities.

                  Please keep in mind the Chemistry and CBC stability times when you request pickup, especially specimens drawn late in the afternoon and your city has an early Latest Call In Time if you are requesting pickup the next day.

                  www.lso.com/servicearea.aspx

                  Posted: Jun 15, 2018


                  DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY Independence Day Holiday Closure:

                  Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hour on

                  Tuesday, July 3 through Wednesday, July 4

                   Posted: Jun 15, 2018


                  DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY: Good Friday Holiday Closure

                  Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed at the following hours on Friday, March 30, 2018:

                  • TB: 11:00 a.m. (Sputum specimens received 3/30 will be   processed Monday, 4/02/18)
                  • Serology: 11:30 a.m.
                  • Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON (Testing for TB Elimination clinical specimens will be performed)
                  • Emergency Preparedness: NOON

                  CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:
                  PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

                  THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON 
                  Monday, April 2, 2018

                  PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:
                   956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                   956-364-8750 (Serology)
                   956-364-8753 (TB)
                   956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                  To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:
                  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                  THANK YOU

                  Posted: Mar 15, 2018


                  DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY: Texas Independence Day Holiday Closure

                  Departments at South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will close at the following times on

                  Friday, March 2, 2018:

                  Serology: 11:30 a.m.

                  Clinical (Chemistries, CBCs): NOON

                  Emergency Preparedness: NOON

                  TB: 1:00 p.m.

                  CAMERON AND HIDALGO COUNTY SUBMITTERS:

                  PLEASE DELIVER SPECIMENS BY 11:00 AM.

                  THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                  Monday, March 5, 2018

                  PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                  • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                  • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                  • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                  • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                  To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                  Posted 2/9/2018


                  SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY:  Specimen Submission Forms    

                  Please use the most current version of the F40-A Requisition Form (revision September 2017) when requesting clinical testing.   Please dispose of any prior versions of this form. 

                  We will contact clinics who continue to use previous versions.  

                  PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                  • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                  • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                  • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                  • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)    

                  To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm

                  Posted  1/25/2018


                  DSHS-SOUTH TEXAS LABORATORY:  Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Closure Reminder:

                  South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed: Monday, January 15, 2018

                  THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                  Tuesday, January 16, 2018

                  PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                  • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                  • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                  • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                  • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)    

                  To sign up to receive e-mail updates for correspondence and bulletins, please go to:

                  http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/STL/STLCorrespondenceBulletins.shtm  

                  Posted 1/12/2018


                  Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Closure Reminder: South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will be closed:

                  Monday, December 25, 2017

                  Tuesday, December 26, 2017

                  AND

                  Monday, January 1, 2018

                  Tuesday, January 2, 2018     

                  THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON

                  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 –FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2017

                  AND WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

                  PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                  • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                  • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                  • 956-364-8753 (TB)
                  • 956-364-8369 (Emergency Preparedness)

                  Posted 12/15/2017


                  Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Reminder: South Texas Laboratory in Harlingen will close at NOON on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through Friday, November 24, 2017

                  Clinical Section (Chemistry and CBCs) and Serology

                  • Cameron County and Hidalgo County clinics: Please deliver Chemistry, CBC, and Serology specimens by 11:00 am on Wednesday, 11/22/17.
                  • Chemistry and CBC specimens received before 11:00 am on Wednesday will be tested and results reported.
                  • Serology specimens received before 11:00 am on Wednesday will be held for testing on Monday 11/27/17.
                  • Do not ship specimens through LSO, FedEx, or UPS on Wednesday, 11/22/17.

                  Tuberculosis (TB)

                  • Please submit Specimens for AFB smear and culture by 5:00 pm Tuesday 11/22/17. Samples received after that time will not be processed until Monday 11/27/17. 

                  Emergency Preparedness

                  • Section will be closed at noon on Wednesday, 11/22/17 through Friday, 11/24/17.

                  THE LABORATORY WILL RESUME NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2017.

                  PLEASE CALL THE APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY QUESTIONS:

                  • 956-364-8751 or 956-364-8752 (Clinical)
                  • 956-364-8750 (Serology)
                  • 956-364-8753 (TB)
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                  Posted 11/14/2017


                  The updated DSHS South Texas Laboratory Specimen Manifest sheet is now available.   

                  Please fill out the date, the patient’s name, the number of mustard top (or red top aliquots) tubes and the number of purple top tubes you are sending for each patient and the tests ordered for each patient. The last column will initialed by our staff when the contents of the container match the manifest. This manifest does not replace the requisition.

                  Posted 05/08/2017

                  Last updated November 16, 2020