The Providence Health Care laboratory team is proud to provide both routine and highly specialized diagnostic services and consultation to clinicians and patients throughout British Columbia and the Yukon.
Effective treatment begins with the right diagnosis. More than 70% of all critical clinical decisions are based on laboratory results. Your family doctor, surgeon, and entire medical team depend on the laboratory for accurate and timely test results, pathology reports, and clinical advice.
Our laboratory provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic services including surgical pathology, autopsy pathology, clinical chemistry and hematology, microbiology and virology, and transfusion medicine (blood bank). We are leaders in many areas including viral load testing, clinical mass spectrometry, breast, cardiac, and renal pathology, special coagulation, quality assurance and implementation of a Lean laboratory.
We are a team of over 200 specialized hard-working, highly-skilled laboratory professionals who are dedicated to providing patients with the best diagnostic care possible. You may never meet many of us, but we are working around the clock in the engine room of healthcare to ensure your physician receives accurate timely test results and pathology reports.
The Providence Health Care laboratory is part of the Lower Mainland public laboratory network. We are closely affiliated with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Our laboratory supports and is integrated with Providence Health Care research institutes, and we provide specialized diagnostic services to patients in the Yukon through our affiliation with the Yukon Hospital Corporation.
Providence Health Care has two laboratory sites. The main laboratory is located in the Providence Building at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver. We also operate a laboratory at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver.
Members of the public are welcome to bring requisitions for lab tests written by their physicians to laboratories at either St. Paul's or Mount Saint Joseph Hospitals.