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During My Test

How long will I have to wait at a Laboratory and Health Services Centre?

Wait times vary throughout the day. The busiest time is usually in the morning until about 10:30 a.m. This is because fasting patients typically arrive as early as possible. If your test does not require you to fast and you are able to arrive either later in the morning or in the afternoon, your wait time is likely to be shorter. 

What will the lab ask me to do?

Your role in the performance of a lab test is to provide a specimen that will be analyzed in a laboratory. The specimen you provide might be a small amount of a body fluid, such as blood, saliva, semen or urine, or a sample of stool or hair. You can be assured that Dynacare staff will make the specimen collection process as safe, quick and comfortable as possible while safeguarding your dignity and privacy. 

How long will the test take?

Generally, a blood draw or urine collection takes about five to ten minutes. For some tests, you must stay longer in the Laboratory and Health Services Centre or you may have to come back after a period of not eating or drinking. 

Will the blood collection process hurt?

Our staff is professionally trained to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the collection process. If you have any concerns, our laboratory technicians will do their best to accommodate you. 

Are you able to collect specimens from infants and children?

Dynacare’s staff is professionally trained to ensure that all patients, including babies and other patients who may have special needs, are comfortable throughout the collection process.