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Mobile Laboratory Services

The Mobile Laboratory Service of BC Biomedical Laboratories provides home collection service for more than 400 patients per day in the Lower Mainland, including nursing homes, private hospitals and retirement lodges.

This service is of great value to patients and their families and is provided at no cost to the patient. The service also adds no additional charge to the Medical Services Plan.

To ensure service is available for those patients truly in need, this service can only be offered to those patients with medical or special needs. Assessment for Mobile Laboratory Service must be made by a physician.

Eligibility Criteria for Mobile Laboratory Service:

  • Patient is home and/or bed bound and leaving home would compromise his/her health
  • Patient resides in a Long Term Care Facility
  • Patient is unwell and a trip outside the home would cause physical distress
  • Patient has a disorder, such as agoraphobia or debilitating anxiety which prevents him/her from leaving the home

Note: Request for service can only be made by a physician. Requests from patients or family members will not be accepted

Patients NOT eligible for Mobile Laboratory Service:

  • Patient is able to drive a motor vehicle
  • Patient is able to arrange transportation for shopping, banking or other activities
  • Patient is able/has returned to work
  • A patient who resides in an "Assisted Living Complex" is not eligible for this service unless the eligibility criteria above are met

Note: BC Biomedical encourages family members to deliver personally collected samples (eg. urine, stool and sputum) to our Patient Service Centres. Please visit our locations section.

Requesting Mobile Laboratory Service:

Assessment for Mobile Laboratory Service must be made by a physician

To request Mobile Laboratory Service phone or fax the appropriate office(below) with a completed laboratory requisition, indicating how often you require the Mobile Lab to visit the patient and for how long you require the service. Guidelines for visit frequency and service duration can be found in the table below.

  • We will contact the patient to schedule a Mobile Laboratory visit within one week of the request.
  • Orders, changes or additions for laboratory testing must originate from the physician who placed the original order.
Note: Requests for service from patients or family members will not be accepted

Visit Frequency and Service Duration

Visit Frequency Service Duration
Daily Maximum 5 days
Twice or three/week Maximum 2 weeks
Weekly Maximum 3 months
Bi-weekly Maximum 6 months
Monthly Maximum 2 years
Bi-monthly Maximum 2 years
Note: Due to high demand for our service, we cannot provide the patient an exact appointment time

Stat Requests

  • Stat requests apply to a single visit only and should only be requested when it directly affects patient care and in emergency medical situations
  • Stat requests require a physician after hours contact number for results reporting
  • Stat requests should be phoned into the appropriate office by 11:00 am and will be considered for same day service where possible. Most stat requests can be collected within 24 hours.

We will contact you to discontinue Mobile Laboratory Service if:

  • Patient no longer meets eligibility criteria
  • Patient is not at home on two separate occasions unless absence is due to hospitalization or emergency
  • Patient refuses to have specimen(s) drawn
  • Our employees encounter any verbal and/or physical threat from the patient, caregiver, family member or family pet
  • Location of service has been assessed as unsafe for BC Biomedical staff

To request Mobile Laboratory Services, please contact the appropriate office:

Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver
Phone: 604-939-7352
Fax: 604-939-4257

Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison, Sardis, Yarrow
Phone: 604-792-4614
Fax: 604-792-2553

Delta, Langley, Surrey, White Rock
Phone: 604-531-8941
Fax: 604-535-5947

Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Clearbrook, Mission
Phone: 604-859-5538
Fax: 604-864-9316

For questions regarding patient eligibility, or services offered please call
Client Services at 604 507-5040.

Mobile Lab Service

Contact information for clients with existing Mobile Lab Service.

  • Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Vancouver

  • Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison, Sardis, Yarrow
  • Delta, Langley, Surrey, White Rock

  • Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Clearbrook, Mission

Client Services

General Inquiries for Mobile Lab Services and Long Term Care Facilities.

Specialty Services

Contact Specialty Services for information on Drug Screening, Clinical Trials, Occupational Health, Test Kits, Immigration Testing, Genetic/DNA Collections

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