Speare Memorial Hospital

The laboratory at Speare Memorial Hospital provides a full range of clinical laboratory services for collecting, receiving, and processing blood, fluid, and tissue samples. The laboratory houses a vast array of state of the art laboratory instrumentation including the capability for conducting molecular testing. Our laboratory personnel perform more than 150,000 tests a year.

Main Hospital Laboratory
Monday – Friday  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for outpatients on New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day except for emergencies.

Federally Licensed and Certified
The SMH laboratory is licensed by the federal government and state of New Hampshire. The government conducts random “surprise” inspections of hospitals throughout the state.  The laboratory is also accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). This accreditation process is based on the results of an on-site inspection every two years. The last unannounced on-site inspection of the laboratory was in December 2016. This is a voluntary program that the laboratory chooses to participate in as part of our ongoing commitment to quality laboratory medicine.


What to Expect During Your Visit/Procedure

  • Please keep in mind the hospital laboratory is busiest during the morning
  • Before coming to the laboratory you must go to outpatient registration located on the right as you come into the main hospital entrance. The outpatient clerk will need your insurance card and lab order.
  • Once registered, proceed next door to the lab.  The technician will only need your lab order.
  • If you have a faxed order, standing order, or you are an oncology patient, let the technician know and they will promptly locate and process your order.
  • Loose fitting clothing helps so that we can examine your arms for the appropriate draw site.
  • If you have a personal request or want your blood drawn from a specific site or technician please let us know, and we will be happy to accommodate you.   It is our pleasure to serve you!

Our Team

Charles Brown MD is the laboratory medical director and is a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist.

Tom Costigan MT is the laboratory administrative director and is certified by the American Association of BioAnalysts

The lab is staffed with certified medical technologists, technicians, and phlebotomists at your service.

Contact Us

Main Hospital Laboratory: 603-238-2233
Tom Costigan MT Administrative Director: 603-238-2224

We like to meet the needs of all our patients with friendly, skilled service.  If we do not meet your needs, please notify the laboratory’s Administrative Director, Tom Costigan, (603) 238-2224. Your comments and feedback are appreciated and help us improve our service.

Main Hospital Laboratory
Monday – Friday  7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed for outpatients on holidays except for emergencies

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I fast prior to a lab test?
8-12 hours unless otherwise directed by your provider.

Can I take my medicine before my blood is drawn?
Yes, unless your doctor tells you not to.

Where do my test results go?
They go straight to your ordering doctor the same day they are finished.

Can I get a copy of my results?
Yes, you just need to sign a release form.  It is important to remember that laboratory results should be interpreted by a physician. I am from out of state, can I get my test done here?
Yes, we just need your lab order.


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