Specimen Collection Centre

Specimen collections such as blood tests are essential tools used to screen, diagnose, treat and monitor patients’ health condition. The Specimen Collection Centre (SCC) provides blood, urine, stool, mucus and tissue collection services.

Who de we serve?

  • Adults and children

Ontario patients

  • Outpatients visiting any HGH ambulatory clinic will be instructed by physicians on where to go for specimen collection.
  • Patients from any other clinics in Ontario (community clinics, family medicine, family health teams) have to use private laboratories, as they receive funding from the province to provide these services. Most family health clinics can do on-site collections. Follow the link to find a laboratory near you.

Out of province patients

  • Outpatients visiting physicians at HGH Ambulatory Clinics and other external clinics.

How to access our services?

  • You need a completed and signed test requisition from your physician. Please pick up your specimen collection kit at HGH as not all kits are compatible with the testing provided by our laboratory.
  • You do not need an appointment for blood work or any other sample collection, although a few tests are performed on specific days only.
  • You may come in for sample collection anytime between 7:30 am and 3:15 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays. We encourage patients who are not required to fast to come later in the morning or day.
  • You need to register at the Information Desk if you are coming in for a sample collection or bringing back a sample.
  • You do not need to register to pick up a Home collection kit. Please go directly to the Specimen Collection Centre.

About The Program

What to bring

  • Valid Health Card
  • Completed and signed lab or test requisition from your physician

When you arrive

  • Please use the Main Entrance and proceed to the Information desk.
  • Proceed to the Cardiology door (Block A, Level 1) and present your requisition to the receptionist who will provide you with a pager.
  • Return to the waiting room. When your turn comes up, your pager will buzz and light up and indicate in which room to go.
  • Room numbers and other public interest messages are presented on TV screens in the waiting room.
  • Blood tests and other collections are usually done on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, the wait time may vary according to the volume of patients. However, some tests are time sensitive and may be given priority.

Preparation and procedure

Test results

  • Depending on the type of test, your family doctor should receive your test results within 10 working days.
  • Results will also be available in your electronic medical record. For information on the creation of an account and how to access your electronic medical record, visit MyChart.
  • You must book an appointment with your family doctor or healthcare professional that gave you the test requisition to discuss your test results.

The team

  • Phlebotomists
  • Receptionists

Business hours

Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 3:15 pm, except public holidays

Telephone

613-632-1111, extension 51201

Fax

613-636-6178

Address

HGH – Main Campus
1111 Ghislain Street
Hawkesbury, ON  K6A 3G5

The Specimen Collection Centre is located in Block A, level 1. View a hospital plan.

Resources and links

For information about preparation for tests and a list of specimen collection centers, visit Ontario Association of Medical Laboratories.

Referring patients to the Specimen Collection Centre at Hawkesbury and District General Hospital

When referring patients to our Specimen Collection Centre, please ask them to pick up specimen collection kits at HGH as not all kits are compatible with the testing provided by EORLA.

About forms sent to HGH Specimen Collection Centre

  • Tests to be performed in the Ontario Public Health Laboratory (OPHL) system, such as Hepatitis, Prenatal Testing and Lyme disease, must be ordered on the OPHL requisitions. This will prevent transcription errors and ensure that the clinical information required to effectively process the specimen is recorded.
  • Please make sure the OPHL form is duly completed before giving it to the patient, in order to avoid a delay in handling this requisition.
  • A list of general tests provided by the Ontario Public Health Laboratory is presented on the back of the General Test Requisition.

Requisitions Forms