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Provincial Medical Laboratory Services Working Group Member

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Are you interested in helping plan the future delivery of laboratory services in the province? If so, please join a discussion on identifying and prioritizing aspects of laboratory service important to patients and their families, such as access to labs, quality of service, and access to results.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC's Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


The goal of the Lab Agency is to develop a strategic plan for the future delivery of lab services. To do this, we want to hear how well the current system is meeting the needs of patients and their families, identify concerns and solicit ideas for improvement. The information will be included in the planning process along with input from physicians, hospital and private medical laboratories and other health-care providers. The plan will provide recommendations to ensure the laboratory system continues to meet the needs of stakeholders into the future.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Vacancies: 7-12 patients across the province
  • Experience as a patient who has had diagnostic testing (e.g. blood) in a hospital or outpatient setting
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session and signed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Meetings will be by teleconference, first date TBD.
  • Frequency: a series of monthly teleconferences scheduled for 1 hour each. Each will focus on topics identified by the Agency with input from participants.
  • The length of commitment is 3-4 months.


No expenses are anticipated as the meetings are being held by teleconference or online.


The Ministry of Health created BC's Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (the Agency) last year (2016) to develop a plan for the future delivery of laboratory services, including a quality framework. The plan must support the Ministry's Triple Aims of: - Quality patient-centred services - Responsive and effective health care services - Value for money The plan is being developed with input from across the health care sector, including laboratory physicians, medical technologists, clinicians and other health care providers. The plan must ensure a sustainable laboratory system that continues to meet the needs of physicians and patients, and is responsive to new medical knowledge and technical developments. Laboratory Services Act Implementation Update:

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC


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