In an effort to improve lab testing and reduce wait times, the Alberta Government is transferring lab services from DynaLife to Alberta Precision Laboratories, which is owned by Alberta Health Services (AHS).
Alberta Precision Laboratories has been providing services since August 3 and has provided immediate relief, adding 700 additional appointments in Calgary alone. However, Alberta's Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange says "more clearly needed to be done."
"Waiting weeks in some communities to book an appointment or to get test results back is just not right, and it is not acceptable, so something needed to be done," she said.
"It is wholly unacceptable that Albertans had to face long waits and delays to get simple blood work done," Premier Danielle Smith added.
AHS has signed a memorandum of understanding with the ownership of DynaLife, who will ensure that DynaLife transfers all of their staff, all of their operations, and all physical locations to Alberta Precision Labs by the end of 2023.
"This will bring immediate and consistent support throughout the province," LaGrange said.
So what does this transfer mean for Albertans who need lab services? LaGrange says you may not notice any significant changes, as you will still go to the same facilities, book appointments through the same system, and see the same workers. However, she expects this will result in faster access to high-quality care, so that difference could save you a lot of time and headaches.
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