Our Services During COVID-19

Our lab hours are still Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  As always, appointments are not required but all patients must check in with registration after passing through screening at the Main Entrance.

We allow one care partner for those outpatients requiring assistance with their laboratory visit.

 The Main Entrance is open for all outpatients, including those coming in for laboratory services, and their essential care partners for weekday appointments and services.

The ambulatory entrance remains closed at this time. The Emergency Entrance is open 24/7 for those coming into the Emergency Department or visiting inpatients.

(Updated February 2021)

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Laboratory Services include biochemistry, immunology, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, transfusion medicine, specimen receiving and dispatch, and an outpatient collection area.


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. 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.

A “walk-in” collection service is available from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The laboratory provides a 24-hour service in support of all inpatient and outpatient clinical programs for SLMHC.

What to Expect

Coming in for lab work? Appointments are not required. Come to our Ambulatory Care area and check in at Registration before coming to the Lab. 

Your doctor or healthcare provider will let you know about any dietary and medication restrictions leading up to your test. 

When coming into SLMHC for laboratory work, remember to bring:

  • Your health card
  • The requisition form
  • Any snacks or dietary considerations for after your lab work is complete.  This might be a consideration if you have been fasting. We also have a cafeteria on the lower level of SLMHC.

Once you are Registered, you will go to the Laboratory waiting area and will be called in when the technician is ready. Please note that patients are called in order of arrival in the waiting area (first come, first serve).

Once your blood work or specimen collection is complete, you may leave. Your results will be forwarded to your healthcare provider, who will contact you to discuss. Lab services cannot discuss test results with you directly, or provide any kind of diagnosis.