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The Laboratory and Pathology Program fosters an inclusive environment where all are welcome. The Laboratory provides daily diagnostic testing services for HSN’s hospital inpatients, emergency department patients, and patients requiring treatment at the Shirley & Jim Fielding Northeast 
Cancer Center. Additionally, the laboratory performs referred in testing services on behalf of many rural community hospitals across Northeastern Ontario. The laboratory performs over 1.5 million tests annually, is licensed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term care and is accredited by Accreditation Canada – Diagnostics. HSN’s laboratory has an extensive testing menu that includes testing in many specialties such as; Phlebotomy, Biochemistry, Hematology, Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology, Pathology, Cytopathology, Molecular Genomics, Flow Cytometry and Cytogenetics. Test results are sent to the ordering provider and to each patient’s electronic medical record as they become available.

The Health Sciences North Laboratory is licenced by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MoHLTC) and accredited by Accreditation Canada Diagnostics.

License for the Specimen Collection Centre at Sudbury Outpatient Centre.

HSN does not provide routine outpatient blood collection services. Please contact your local community laboratory to inquire about outpatient services and locations.  

For Referral Clients - The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is pleased to provide referral testing services.  Should you require more information, please contact the Laboratory office at 705-523-7100 poste 4777.


Phlebotomy is the taking of blood from a vein. This procedure is often the first step in the work of an MLT. Blood samples are used to perform many of the laboratory tests ordered by physicians. Phlebotomy is part of a Controlled Act in Ontario. 


Biochemistry is the study of the chemical and physiochemical processes of living organisms. As the study relates to humans, the medical laboratory technologist (MLT) performs a wide variety of biochemical analyses, including those to determine cholesterol and thyroid levels, enzyme levels for heart disease, and glucose levels for the diagnosis and management of diabetes. Measurement of chemical components including hormones and drugs in blood and body fluids. Common test: Blood glucose (blood sugar) test to diagnose and monitor diabetes. 


Hematology deals with blood, blood forming tissues and the related cellular components. Investigation of bleeding or coagulation disorders, such as hemophilia, and monitoring of test results from patients taking anticoagulants are also performed in this specialty. Common test: Hemoglobin test to detect anemia. 


Transfusion Medicine: Technologists working in transfusion science study antigens and antibodies associated with blood transfusions and certain complications of pregnancy. Determination of blood types. Common test: Cross-matching for blood transfusions.  


Histology/Pathology deals with the microscopic identification of cells and tissues and the detection of disease. Histology technologists work with tissue biopsies and larger specimens from operating rooms. This work is sometimes performed on an urgent basis so surgeons can decide how to proceed in the best interest of a patient undergoing surgery. Common test: Biopsy of a breast lump. 


Cytopathology is the study of the origin, formation, structure, function and classification of cells. The identification of normal and cancerous cells also falls within this discipline. Common test: Pap test to detect cervical cancer. 


Microbiology is the study of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites that invade the body. Common test: Throat swab to detect strep throat.  


Flow Cytometry offers advanced cellular diagnostic services. testing includes the diagnosis of leukemia lymphoma and the monitoring of immune deficiency.   


Cytogenetics  is the study of chromosomes and the diseases associated with an abnormal number or structure of chromosomes.  Common test: Amniocentesis and other forms of pre-natal testing.  


Molecular Genetics - A strategic priority in the Ontario Cancer Plan for 2011-2015, personalized medicine focuses on the science of using a patient’s genetic information to predict cancer and its prognosis, and to diagnose, monitor and select cancer treatments most likely to benefit that individual. Our molecular diagnostics lab provides such information for patients with leukemias, lymphomas and solid tumours such as colon cancer.  Common test: PCR-monitoring for minimal residual disease in patients on therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia.


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Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-523-7100