Whitehorse General Hospital Laboratory (lab) performs a wide variety of tests on blood and body fluids both on-site and by referral to a specialized laboratory in Vancouver. Electrocardiograms (ECGs), Holter Monitoring, and Urea Breath Tests are also performed by the lab.
Information about the laboratory can be found in the Laboratory Guide To Services.
Non-urgent laboratory tests at WGH occur on a walk-in-basis. ECGs, Holter Monitors and Glucose Tolerance Testing are by appointment only.
All other lab tests do not need a scheduled appointment.
- Your physician will print a copy of your requisition for you to bring to the hospital.
- You may come to the Outpatient Laboratory on a walk-in basis.
- Operating hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday (closed all statutory holidays and weekends).
Where To Go and What to Bring
When you come to WGH for a lab test, proceed through the main daytime entrance, past the information desk, and turn right once in the main atrium. You may then take a number, have a seat in the atrium and wait for your number to be called.
Bring any lab (requisition) form given to you by your care provider. Lab staff may ask you questions related to fasting, medication use, etc.
The Laboratory Team
Testing is performed by Medical Laboratory Technologists, who are registered with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). The tests that technologists perform provide the information needed to diagnose disease and monitor treatments. Sample collection and handling is performed by Medical Laboratory Assistants.
Drop-Ins and Appointments
Lab tests can only be ordered by a qualified provider. Patients coming to WGH for blood work will be seen on a first come, first served drop-in basis during the outpatient clinic hours.
Appointments are required for ECGs, Holter Monitoring and Glucose Tolerance Testing. These appointments will be made by the ordering care provider.
When to Expect the Results
Most routine test results are returned to the ordering care provider within 24 hours of collection. More specialized testing can take up to two weeks to one month. Results are not provided directly to the patient. You must receive this information from your care provider.