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Rural AHS sites switching to appointment-only outpatient lab collection

Outpatient lab collections at Alberta Health Services’ rural locations will be by appointment only for the time being. Those include the Beaverlodge Municipal Hospital, Fairview Health Complex, Grande Cache Community Health Complex, High Prairie Health Complex, Manning Community Health Centre, Peace River Community Health Centre, the Central Peace Health Complex in Spirit River, and Valleyview Health Centre.

AHS says the move to appointment-only lab work for outpatients is only a temporary measure to reduce activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Appointments can be made by providers or patients by phone at 1-833-572-0577 or online at

“Some waiting areas in these rural lab collection sites are small and not appropriate for maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Appointment-only lab work will improve safety for rural patients at high risk for severe illness, such as those with compromised immune systems.”

The change will come into effect on Monday, May 4th. It will not apply to hospital inpatients.

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