Temporary service interruption at Ucluelet Medical Lab

Ucluelet — In order to ensure reliable, consistent inpatient and outpatient laboratory services at Tofino General Hospital (TGH), Island Health has made the decision to temporarily close the Ucluelet outpatient medical lab located at 1566 Peninsula Road, effective August 9, 2022.

During this temporary closure, patients requiring outpatient lab services can attend Tofino General Hospital’s outpatient lab.

Island Health will increase outpatient lab hours at TGH, and add additional appointments via online booking. The expanded operating hours for the TGH outpatient lab will be:

Monday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Island Health, like all health authorities across B.C. and Canada, is experiencing a shortage of qualified medical lab support staff. This temporary closure will enable Island Health to consolidate staffing to support necessary services at TGH.

Recruitment efforts are ongoing and it is expected that the Ucluelet outpatient lab will re-open when staffing levels allow.

To ensure you are aware of the most recent information around hours and which location to attend, please check islandhealth.ca or call 1-877-370-8355.

We acknowledge the inconvenience of this temporary change and appreciate people’s patience as we work to support acute and outpatient services at TGH.