Beginning Dec. 5, the lab at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital will shift its focus to the needs of emergency, inpatient and ambulatory patients, and will direct community patients to labs in the community.
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.
This is one step towards the larger transition of community lab services from Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) to DynaLIFE Medical Laboratories. By transitioning community lab services to DynaLIFE, APL will be better able to maintain lab quality and provide a more efficient, effective and sustainable laboratory system that supports Alberta’s ever-growing demand for lab testing.
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, effective Oct. 4. 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.
APL is a wholly owned subsidiary of AHS, delivering high-quality, responsive diagnostic lab services to Albertans across our healthcare system.
Information provided by Alberta Health Services