We recognize that many people are having challenges accessing bloodwork and lab testing right now due to long wait times and limited availability. Alberta Precision Laboratories (formally Calgary Lab Services) is working hard through the pandemic to try to increase their capacity and decrease wait times. Below are a few tips to help you access lab services:
- As much as possible, patients are encouraged to book appointments for labwork online at www.albertaprecisionlabs.ca. New appointment openings often come up throughout the day, so if your desired time frame or location is not immediately available, try to check back again soon and/or refresh your search screen.
- If you are unable to book an appointment that works for you, many labs provide same-day service for walk in patients (see the above website for a list of locations offering this service, as times and locations may change).
- Walk in patients who cannot be immediately accommodated inside the lab location can choose to wait in alternate location (such as a vehicle, or nearby indoor space). The expectation is NOT to have to wait standing outside.
- Patients who are unable to walk in to a lab site and require urgent testing should phone the province wide patient appointment line at 1-877-868-6848 for assistance with short notice (i.e. within 3 days) bookings and/or to be directed to dedicated collection location for immunocompromised patients.
Source: Alberta Precision Laboratories memorandum October 9, 2020 re: addressing delays in laboratory services