Beginning Monday, September 21, outpatient laboratory services will move from the Hawthorne Community Clinic to the Kincardine hospital.
A new location for Community Lab Collections service within the hospital has been created, just inside the main entrance.
Appointments are required for Community Lab Collections (as of June 1, 2020), which can be booked through calling Patient Registration at the hospital between the hours of 8:00-4:00 PM (519-396-3331 ext. 0).
“SBGHC is changing outpatient lab providers in Kincardine from Life Labs to Dynacare to ensure consistency across all four SBGHC sites. The Walkerton, Chesley and Durham sites are currently serviced by Dynacare. With this change in Kincardine, we are moving the location of outpatient services from the Hawthorne Community Clinic to a location right inside the front door of the Kincardine hospital,” explains Michael Barrett, SBGHC President & CEO.
The transition of outpatient lab services to private labs was one of the budget recovery strategies implemented by SBGHC in 2019, as private providers such as Life Labs and Dynacare are funded by the government for outpatient lab testing, whereas SBGHC is not.
Kincardine was the first site to transition to a private lab in March 2019 when it moved to Life Labs. The Chesley, Durham and Walkerton sites transitioned to Dynacare in July 2019.