Patients at the QEII Hospital will soon have more time to get lab work done.

Starting April 1st, its hours will be extended to close at 7 p.m. on weeknights, and open at 8:30 a.m. on weekends.

However, it will close one hour earlier on Sundays at 1 p.m.

Alberta Health Services believes the change in outpatient collection hours will help people who need to fast before getting blood work done, as well as be more convenient outside of peak hours.

The new hours are below:

Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The College and Community Heath Centre remains open for lab collection from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and the Junction Point Collection Site weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.