WAHA’s Laboratory Services operates 4 laboratories within the region:
- Weeneebayko General Hospital (WGH)
- Fort Albany Hospital
- Attawapiskat Hospital
- Moosonee Health Centre
Tests at all WAHA labs are done upon consultation from a physician.
Most samples drawn from patients within WAHA sites are sent to WGH lab for analysis. The WGH lab not only collects bodily fluids such as blood, urine and saliva for in-patients and out-patients at the hospital, but also performs specialized tests for all communities which include biochemistry, immunochemistry, urinalysis, blood gases, hematology, coagulation, fluid analysis, gram stain and transfusion medicine service.
The laboratory as WGH works closely with WAHA’s coastal sites, departments, and other hospitals to assist doctors and nurses in making diagnoses and determining treatment options for the patients.
It is estimated that 80% of all diagnoses done at WAHA are based on tests performed at the WGH lab.