The North Bay Regional Health Centre provides laboratory support services for healthcare providers in various ways.
Test Ordering Process
All patient specimens must be accompanied by a fully completed, signed requisition form. For patient safety, each Laboratory Requisition is only valid for 6 months after the date that it was authorized.
Repeat Testing/Standing Orders:
Repeat testing/Standing order testing for individual patients can be requested for a period of up to 6 months without further documentation.
Tests Performed at NBRHC:
OHIP Uninsured Tests:
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) covers the cost of most laboratory tests, however there are some specialized, non-routine tests that are deemed uninsured. Payment for these tests is required at Registration before the collection will be taken. View the list of uninsured tests.
All the NBRHC test result reports are computer generated. The format is specifically designed to flag any results outside the reference interval.
The NBRHC Laboratory shall report all critical results immediately to the clinical personnel responsible for patient care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Most non-critical routine test results are available in 24 hours; others require more complex testing or may have to be sent to a reference laboratory. These results can take several days to weeks to report.
Licensing and Accreditation
North Bay Regional Health Centre will provide supplies and containers required for the collection of laboratory specimens referred to NBRHC.