Published March 30, 2022 by Ichor Blood Services
Building Healthy Rural Communities With Private Labs Testing

The healthcare system in Canada has been a source of pride for Canadians for years, but the health system is not without its flaws. Healthcare doesn’t cover all aspects of health, the wait times can be long, and accessibility may be limited. For people living in rural communities without large hospitals or specialists, procuring required healthcare can be incredibly difficult. Private lab testing that is accessible to all people is one way to address these issues, so that people in all communities can receive the testing they need even if they do not live near a large city.

Rural Lab Testing To Improve Health Services

Benefits Of Multifaceted Healthcare
While most people know the importance of healthcare in general, some forms of healthcare fall by the wayside when compared to others. Many people need access to:

  • Dental care
  • Optical care
  • Mental health care
  • Disease prevention
  • Access to a family doctor
  • Blood and specimen testing

These types of healthcare can sometimes be ignored as they aren't viewed as immediately necessary, but they are all crucial to the health and wellbeing of every person. When a person has access to all of these health services, they have a higher chance of detecting medical conditions early, extending their lives, and improving their quality of life later on.

Factors That Limit Access To Healthcare
Anyone who lives in a rural community or on a farm or acreage has likely either experienced, or heard of experiences, where a person was unable to receive the healthcare they needed because of transportation. Elderly residents, those with mobility issues, or those who do not drive struggle to reach the specialized care they need in another city. Even those who are physically able to get themselves to a medical center may struggle to get time off of work or to find childcare while they go out of town for their medical services. If health services do not exist in a community or if they are difficult to access, it limits people from receiving the care they need. When private lab testing is available in all different rural communities, those who are unable to leave their communities can still receive blood testing in order to monitor their health.

Rural Blood Testing
To help combat this lack of availability of health services, Ichor Health is offering lab testing for rural communities. The lab services being developed by Ichor Health are a private lab testing program that offers a variety of standard and enhanced, private pay lab services. To help build healthy rural communities with access to private lab testing, Ichor Health has developed Pop Up clinics that travel to different towns and cities around Canada. New towns and cities continue to be added to our roster so check to see if your community has been added! The areas we are currently scheduling Pop Up clinics for are:
Saskatoon, SK: May 9
Peace River, AB: Date TBD
Bonnyville, AB: Date TBD
Toronto, ON: June 1
Moosejaw, SK: Date TBD

Receive Private Lab Testing From Ichor Health

For those who live in rural communities or areas where laboratory screening and testing may be limited, Ichor Health offers private lab testing services. Ichor is constantly adding new locations for rural pop-up clinics to bring testing to rural communities and we are always expanding services. Standard and enhanced private pay tests and screening through Ichor give you the insight needed to take control of your health.

Along with these rural Pop Up clinics, Ichor Health has in-clinic lab services in Calgary, AB, Edmonton, AB, Fort McMurray, AB, Red Deer, AB, and Medicine Hat, AB. To schedule an appointment with Ichor Health, either call 1-844-424-6728 or fill out the online contact form.

FAQ

Q: How will Pop Up clinic results be delivered?
A: Each individual will have results securely emailed to them and to their physician if requested.

Q: What happens if I need to cancel my appointment? 
A: Any cancellations that occur more than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time will receive a full refund of the booking fee. Any cancellations that occur less than 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time will be charged a cancellation fee. The fee is a 50% charge of the booking fee. This charge will be administered for Late Cancellations (within the 24-hour window before the scheduled appointment), No-Shows, or any last-minute changes to your appointment (rescheduling within 24 hours before your appointment).

Q: What tests will be available at the Pop Up Clinics?
A: We will offer the COVID-19 Antibody test, a D-dimer test to check for blood clotting factors, total testosterone, prostate cancer check, follicle Stimulating hormone, Lyme Disease, and Vitamin D.

Contact Us

Contact Us for Physician Requested General Blood Work, Corporate Group Testing for the COVID-19 Antibody or COVID-19 Active PCR Test, for Travel Testing, for Vitamin-D Test, or T Cell Testing.

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