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Ichor Blood Services launches general lab specimen collection in Calgary and Medicine Hat

The company's new service will increase accessibility to lab services for anyone willing to pay out of pocket for sample collection

January 6, 2021  by CM Staff

Ichor is an Alberta based, private lab specimen collection company that provides private asymptomatic Covid-19 testing in Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick, offers embassy approved tests for travel to China, and is also a referred test provider for Air Canada’s Hawaii travel program. The company’s corporate client base also continues to grow as the need for Covid-19 testing is anticipated to extend well into 2021. (CNW Group/Ichor Blood Services)

CALGARY, Alta. — Ichor Blood Services, a private lab specimen collection company based in Calgary, has launched general lab specimen collection services in Calgary and Medicine Hat after receiving all necessary approvals.

“Ichor was originally founded with a vision to provide general lab specimen collection services, so we are pleased to finally be in a position to do so,” said Ichor’s CEO, Mike Kuzmickas. “I started Ichor in January of 2020 after struggling to make my personal schedule line up with lab appointments and wait times. I decided to see what a private option might look like and did not find any. There was significantly more time and effort involved than I anticipated with making this work, but I’m glad we finally got there.”

Anyone with a requisition from their Alberta healthcare provider for blood and urine testing will be able to make an appointment with Ichor in Calgary or Medicine Hat to have their specimens collected according to the requisition. Once collected, Ichor will deliver the collected specimen for processing at accredited public laboratories, and results will be provided back to the ordering physician and the Patient’s NetCare account within regular system turnaround times.

General lab collection service is an addition to Ichor’s exiting private offering and capabilities, which include Covid-19 IgM/IgG serology antibody testing, asymptomatic Covid-19 PCR testing, and contract specimen collection services for companies needing to collect specimens for their own clients or research programs.

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