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Upcoming Changes to Community Lab Service at Stratford General Hospital

December 18, 2020

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is restructuring laboratory operations to ensure timely and appropriate support to patients in our Emergency Departments, Inpatient Units and registered hospital clinics.

Community laboratory services at the Stratford General Hospital will no longer be offered effective Wednesday, January 6, 2021. This applies to “walk-in” community patients only. 

Laboratory services will continue to be provided to inpatients, hospital supported clinic or program outpatients and the Emergency Department. This model follows changes already made at the other three hospitals sites of the HPHA, Clinton Public Hospital, St Marys Memorial Hospital and Seaforth Community Hospital.

“Community members who are not actively receiving treatment at Stratford General Hospital, with requisitions from their doctor’s offices or other healthcare providers, can visit one of the community laboratory service providers operating in Stratford and area,” says Ryan Itterman, Director Diagnostics, Regional Pharmacy & Chemotherapy. 

Alternate laboratories for community patient specimen collection in Stratford include the following:

“Both LifeLabs and Dynacare are aware of these changes and have assured us they have the capacity to offer services to affected patients,” adds Itterman. “Community laboratory services are funded by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and, with the exception of tests not covered by OHIP, you will not incur additional costs for testing at these labs.”

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please contact: 

Ryan Itterman
Director, Diagnostics, Regional Pharmacy & Chemotherapy
519-272-8210 Ext. 2399