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Lab procedures and information specific to Microbiology

IH Microbiology Laboratories provide Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology and some Virology services within IH. Consultation with Medical Microbiologists is available.


There are four Medical Microbiology laboratories within IH, located at Kelowna General Hospital, Royal Inland Hospital, Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and East Kootenay Regional Hospital.

IH Microbiology laboratories provide bacterial culture and susceptibility testing on a variety of specimen types, diagnosis of C. difficile, nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), influenza, C. difficile,  and TB. Mycology testing, including identification of dermatophytes and other clinically relevant fungi,  is offered as is parasitology testing for the  identification of intestinal parasites.  Additional testing is transported to the BC Center for Disease Control Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory in Vancouver.

Specimen collection

Phoned and critical result notification

Clinically significant microbiology test results will be communicated to the clinician in case urgent intervention is required.

Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns

Interior Health prepares an antibiogram report yearly, which summarizes bacterial susceptibility patterns for each region of IH. This document can assist clinicians in choosing empiric therapy.


Medical Microbiologists are specialized physicians who help manage and provide clinical direction to the Medical Microbiology laboratory. Additionally, they provide clinical consultations in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in the investigation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. Medical Microbiologists also provide consultation related to Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Contact the Medical Microbiologist on call for phone consultation 24/7.

Refer to the BC CDC Manual of Services for detailed information regarding Infectious Disease detection and monitoring.

Helpful links

  1. Bugs & Drugs
  2. Canada’s Pandemic Plan
  3. A Guide to Utilization of the Microbiology Laboratory for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: 2018 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society for Microbiology)
  4. BCCDC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory Guide to Services



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