People needing laboratory tests done at the Castlegar & District Community Health Centre are being asked to call ahead and schedule an appointment.
As part of Interior Health’s response to COVID-19, changes are being made to laboratory procedures at some facilities including Castlegar, Nelson, Trail and Grand Forks.
Instead of showing up at the Castlegar Health Centre and grabbing a number, patients are now asked to set up an appointment by calling the booking line at 250-304-3415. The line is open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
According to Interior Health, lab staff will try to accommodate a limited number of walk-ins, but preference is that people call ahead to make an appointment.
They also say that most people should be able to book an appointment within a day or two.
Patients will be asked some health screening questions when they call and will then be given instructions for their appointment.
The Castlegar lab will be open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.