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Health centre lab work by appointment only

Fort Macleod Health Centre and other rural facilities will offer lab services only by appointment starting Monday.

Alberta Health Services announced the temporary measure Thursday to reduce rural lab out-patient activity during COVID-19
AHS is implementing this temporary change to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in rural facilities, and to ensure laboratory resources remain available for people who need them most.
The change will not affect lab work for in-patients, and all patients requiring laboratory tests will continue to receive them.
AHS is limiting out-patient activity at acute care and urgent care facilities as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, many rural AHS facilities offer the only laboratory services in the community.
Some waiting areas in these rural lab collection sites are small and not appropriate for maintaining physical distancing.
Appointment-only lab work is meant to improve safety for rural patients at high risk for severe illness, such as those with compromised immune systems.
Patients are encouraged to discuss the urgency of their lab work with their physician before booking appointments.
Appointments can be made by calling 1-833-572-0577 or on-line athttps://aplappointments.ca/.

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