Outpatient phlebotomy (blood work) services are located main floor (Level 2). From the Main Entrance, turn right down the Main Atrium and Ambulatory Care reception will be on the right, across from Robin’s Donuts.
If you ever have questions, you can get directions from one of our friendly volunteers at the Information Desk, across and to the right from the main doors.
Your first and best source of information about your health is your own primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner) or your specialist.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
Patient and Family Centred Care
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Clinical Laboratory provides a range of lab tests to help healthcare providers diagnose diseases and medical conditions. These tests include chemistry and hematology blood analysis (blood work), urinalysis (urine), microbiology (bacteria and other microscopic organisms), and pathology studies (organs, tissues, etc.). The lab provides services for inpatients as well as for outpatients through Ambulatory Care Services. Outpatient tests are ordered by a primary care provider including your family doctor or nurse practitioner, or another healthcare provider.
All blood work is done in Ambulatory Care – an appointment is not required for blood collection. Your primary care provider or the ordering healthcare professional will let you know about any dietary and medications restrictions leading up to your test.
On the day of your appointment, please proceed directly to Ambulatory Care reception, located in the Main Lobby. Please bring the following to each visit:
Requisition documentation must include:
Once registration of the lab requisition is complete, you will be asked to sit in the waiting area. You will be called by your first name and accompanied by the phlebotomist to the procedure room.
Your primary care provider or the healthcare professional who ordered the test will likely explain what it involved. You should also refer to the Clinical Laboratory Specimen Collection Pamphlet for specific instructions on proper procedures. Please follow these instructions closely (including dietary and medication restrictions) as they provide the best chance at a good sample, reducing the need for a re-test. You can get a copy of this pamphlet at the Ambulatory Care reception desk or download a PDF copy here.
If you are diabetic or have a condition that requires you to take food and medications more regularly, discuss these with your care provider before your appointment and please inform reception upon arrival.
All test results will be forwarded to the care providers indicated on the laboratory requisition. Lab services cannot discuss test results with you directly, or provide any kind of diagnosis.