Outpatient Laboratory in Lacombe no longer accepting walk-ins

Changes at Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre due to unstable staffing levels

Effective immediately, the Outpatient Laboratory in Lacombe will no longer be accepting walk-in patients. All patients will require an appointment for lab work, including regular blood work, until staffing levels stabilize. (File photo)

Effective immediately, the Outpatient Laboratory in Lacombe will no longer be accepting walk-in patients. All patients will require an appointment for lab work, including regular blood work, until staffing levels stabilize. (File photo)

Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) is no longer accepting walk-in service at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre laboratory.

Effective Monday, Oct. 4, the Outpatient Laboratory in Lacombe will require all patients to book an appointment for lab work, including regular blood work, until staffing levels stabilize.

Patients who have been referred by their physician for urgent or specialized lab testing will need their physician to call the laboratory ahead of time to advise of the urgent need. Laboratory staff will then ensure screeners at the hospital’s main entrance know to expect the patient.

Patients are reminded to cancel their lab appointments if they are unable to attend, so that their time will be available for others who can use it.

AHS says that this is a temporary measure and that it will help make the best use of available laboratory resources and ensure patients requiring lab work continue to receive it as soon as possible.

Appointments can be booked by calling the APL Provincial Booking line at 1-833-572-0577 or online at aplappointments.ca. Patients who are more than 10 minutes late for their appointment will not be seen and will have to rebook.

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