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In-hospital and urgent care labs to shift to hospital patients only on Dec. 5

Beginning Dec. 5, lab appointments shift from hospital labs to ones in the community.
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If you've been getting lab work done at a local hospital, those days will end in early December. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Beginning Dec. 5, several in-hospital and urgent care labs in the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services (AHS) will shift their focus to the needs of emergency, inpatient and ambulatory patients, and will direct community patients to labs in the community, a news release reports.

These include labs at:

  • East Edmonton Health Centre
  • Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital
  • Grey Nuns Community Hospital
  • Leduc Community Hospital
  • Misericordia Community Hospital
  • Northeast Community Health Centre
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Strathcona County Health Centre
  • Sturgeon Community Hospital

All Albertans can continue to access lab services at their local community laboratory sites. Click here for a list of current community labs.

This change is being implemented only in areas where community lab collection sites are already operating. In most cases, the nearest community site is within two kilometres of an acute care centre.

AHS says the move is a step towards the larger transition of community lab services from Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) to DynaLIFE Medical Laboratories.

As clients are currently able to book appointments 90 days in advance, clients looking to schedule an appointment in a hospital facility to take place after Dec. 5 will no longer see appointments available at the above noted hospital sites. Walk-in patients who arrive at a hospital lab after Dec. 5 will be re-directed to a nearby community lab site.

Hospital laboratories will continue to serve immunocompromised patients by physician or clinic referral only.