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Overview of Laboratory 101 and Introduction to Calgary Laboratory Services


Overview of Laboratory 101

Calgary Laboratory Services is pleased to present Laboratory 101.

Our intention is to provide a one-stop overview of practical laboratory information related to adult blood collection and specimen labelling.  Our target audience is nurses and physicians responsible for adult venipuncture.

Within Laboratory 101 we have inserted links for your convenience to additional helpful reference information.

We encourage nurse educators and physicians share this information in staff orientation or as a quick review tool.

To clarify, Laboratory 101 is not a complete training program, and should not be a replacement for a comprehensive phlebotomy training program. 

Our hope is that Laboratory 101 will provide supplemental knowledge to nurses and physicians about Calgary Laboratory Services' labelling requirements, as well as a reminder of good blood collection practices. 

Overview of CLS Structure and Facts


     Wholly owned subsidiary of Alberta Health Services

 Service Area

     Calgary, Southern Alberta



 Tests Performed

     >21 million annually

 Patient Visits

     ~7800 patients per day

 Physicians Served

     More than 3,000



1 Diagnostic and Scientific Centre (main lab)

19 Patient Service Centres (community collection sites)

5 Rapid Response Laboratories (in acute care hospital sites)

  • Alberta Children’s Hospital
  • Foothills Medical Centre
  • Peter Lougheed Centre
  • Rockyview General Hospital
  • South Health Campus

4 Health Centre Testing Laboratories

  • Airdrie Community Health Centre
  • South Calgary Health Centre
  • Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre
  • Cochrane Community Health Centre

Mobile Collection Service, providing blood collection to long term care and assisted living facilities, group homes, hospices and private homes of disabled, elderly, terminally ill, immobilized and housebound patients.

In addition to the sites listed above, CLS provides support for the following rural labs:

  • Banff Mineral Springs Hospital
  • Canmore General Hospital
  • Claresholm General Hospital
  • Didsbury District Health Services
  • High River General Hospital
  • Oilfields General Hospital
  • Okotoks Health & Wellness Urgent Care Centre
  • Strathmore District Health Services
  • Vulcan Health Centre