Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Laboratory Services includes biochemistry, immunology, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, transfusion medicine, specimen receiving and dispatch, and an outpatient collection area.
Thirteen medical laboratory technologists and six medical laboratory assistants provide services for the community of Sioux Lookout and the surrounding area - a population of approximately 30,000. Three technologists are classified as senior techs, with responsibilities for biochemistry, microbiology, and hematology/transfusion medicine, as well as rotation through other lab areas. The laboratory manager oversees the program, and is responsible for quality management, infection control and lab safety.
In October 2014, the SLMHC laboratory was awarded a four year Ontario Laboratory Accreditation Certificate from the Quality Management Program – Laboratory Services, a division of the Ontario Medical Association.
In October 2016, the SLMHC laboratory officially became ISO 15189 certified. This designation signifies that the SLMHC laboratory has followed and maintained the most vigorous quality standards on an ongoing basis. This accreditation level is the highest possible level any medical laboratory in the world can attain.
The laboratory is an active participant in the Kenora Rainy River Regional Laboratory Program (KRRRLP), a program established to allow a sharing of laboratory resources and information among six hospitals in Northwestern Ontario, which include Sioux Lookout, Kenora, Fort Frances, Red Lake, Dryden and Atikokan.
KRRRLP helps maximize the efforts of the individual laboratories to provide the highest levels of service to all patients. A microbiology working group and a transfusion medicine working group conduct regular meetings to improve and enhance protocols and procedures, ensuring current standards are implemented.
The laboratory performs lab testing and offers consultation services for the northern First Nation community nursing stations operated by Health Canada. The volume of work sent to our lab from the nursing stations comprises approximately 60% of the total workload of the SLMHC laboratory.
The Hugh Allen Clinic, the Health Canada Appointment Clinic and visiting physician specialists also refer their patients to our laboratory for specimen collection and testing. A "walk-in" collection service is available for the community of Sioux Lookout from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
The laboratory provides a 24-hour service in support of all inpatient and outpatient clinical programs for SLMHC.