SSMC has laboratory services at all our locations: Norwell, Kingston, Libbey Parkway and Weymouth Woods. All are CLIA certified and licensed by the State of Massachusetts. Testing is performed on site or sent to our central lab in Hingham. Tests not performed in our laboratory are usually referred to Quest Diagnostics, our Reference Laboratory.
Patricia Devine, MD
Lynn Melanson, BSMT, ASCP
All lab testing requires an order authorized by your Provider. If your testing is not done on the same day as your office visit you must make an appointment with the lab and may do so by calling any location.
Our billing department will bill your insurance carrier for your lab tests. In the event your carrier does not pay for the services you will receive a bill. We provide the insurance information we have available to the reference lab, Quest Diagnostics. However they do their own billing for lab services. If you have any questions about a bill you receive from them you should call their billing office:
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I request my own laboratory tests?
Patients cannot order tests themselves. You must have an order authorized by your healthcare provider.
Do I need to make an appointment to have my blood drawn?
Yes, appointments are required unless you have your lab tests done the same day as your office visit.
Do I need to fast before having my blood drawn?
Some blood tests do require fasting prior to having your blood drawn. It is recommended you fast for Lipid Panels. Your provider may want you to fast for other tests for example, blood sugar.
How long does it take to receive test results?
Depending on the test performed, most tests are completed and reported to your ordering healthcare provider within about 24 hours of drawing the sample for testing. Certain tests may take several days to weeks. Results are sent to the ordering healthcare provider.
Can I receive a copy of my test results?
You can receive a copy of your blood tests by contacting your health care provider. You also can sign up for MyHealth and receive most results online within 48 hours of completion.
Can the lab help me interpret my results?
Please address questions related to interpretation of your test results to your personal healthcare provider. Your provider will interpret your laboratory test results (that is, determine their meaning) in conjunction with information about your medical history, physical examination, and other test results, and provide you with medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You may also communicate with your provider regarding your blood tests through MyHealth.
Why do I have my tests done before my physical?
The tests results will be available for your provider to discuss with you during your office visit.