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The lab and the professionals within: an integral part of our health system

Caring, skilled, precise, brave, strong, supportive, innovative, collaborative and so much more! Join us in honouring our lab colleagues and get to know them this Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 21 – 27, 2019).
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​Thank you to all the medical lab professionals across the Lower Mainland and Central Coast for your contributions to health care in B.C. We appreciate all that you do for our patients!

Our laboratory colleagues are an essential part of the health care system. They work in a variety of environments unique to the patients they serve and the work they do.

You find them embedded in hospitals and other facilities across the province, seeing the inner workings of people, their chemical composition and in many ways, getting to know people better than they know themselves.

Laboratory professionals across the organization help us:
  • Make quick diagnoses during flu and other outbreaks so that patients can be tracked/monitored/isolated,
  • Support screening and diagnosis of cancers,
  • Determine if organs are a transplant match,
  • Indicate what medications would be effective on a given patient,
  • Confirm the cause of death for many affected by the opioid crisis,
  • And much, much more.
“Laboratory professionals truly are a part of everything we do,” says Pam Ramsay, executive director, Pathology and Lower Mainland Laboratories. “As stewards of patient and specimen data, they help us complete the story of a patient’s journey and, in doing so, inform critical medical and research decisions every day.”

According to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, highly trained medical laboratory professionals sort, analyze and run tests on your samples to provide accurate results that are vital to your health care. Did you know:

  • Over 4 million pap tests are done every year in Canada?

  • 10,000 Canadian women undergo amniocentesis—or the amniotic fluid test—each year?

  • An estimated 206,200 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Canada in 2017?

  • More than 69,100 genetic testing products are on the market today?

Medical Laboratory Week celebrations are taking place throughout the week, including long service award presentations for many of our lab colleagues. Approaching his 50th year of service in 2020 is Dr. Arun Garg, consultant medical biochemistry at Fraser Health‘s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

“There are many aspects of medical laboratory work that I am proud of, but one in particular is teamwork,” says Dr. Garg. 

“Our lab colleagues across the province should be very proud of the collaborative culture we have nurtured. If you don’t collect the right specimen, wash the right tube or analyze the right data, the entire process is spoiled. Therefore every step and role that takes place in all of our labs is critical to provide our fellow health care providers and our patients with the most accurate information possible.”
Lower Mainland Laboratories is a service of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). We are responsible for providing public laboratory services throughout the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. 

These include laboratories based in each of the acute care hospitals in the Lower Mainland and Central Coast and specialty laboratories that provide province-wide reference and specialty testing.

Our specialty laboratories include:
Seventy to eighty percent of clinical decisions are based on laboratory test results. Our highly trained staff are committed to providing the highest quality laboratory services to all our clients.

Once again, thank you to all the medical lab professionals across the Lower Mainland and Central Coast for your contributions to health care in B.C. We appreciate all that you do for our patients!
BC Cancer; BC Centre for Disease Control; BC Children's Hospital; BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services; BC Transplant; BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre; flu; genetic; overdose; Provincial Blood Coordinating Office; Research; transplant
 
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