Outpatient Lab Requisitions
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Guidelines for a proper lab requisition

Properly complete the IH Laboratory Outpatient Requisition to eliminate errors and delays. Omissions or errors require time for correction.

Select the Interior Health Requisition for your location: 

View the Your Patient First Requisition Job Aid for guidance on submitting requisitions. This will prevent delays for your patient and aid in reducing wait times.   

Additional requisitions from a referral testing facility may be required. Please refer to the Test Directory for information.

Requisitions from other accredited laboratories or pre-approved requisitions from IH Specialty programs (i.e. Renal Clinic, etc.) can be accepted at all IH Laboratory sites. 

Visit the Patient Information page for lab locations, hours and patient instructions.

Requisitions and Ordering 

Requisitions may be:

  • Presented to the lab by the patient
  • Delivered with the collected specimen
  • Verbal orders may be taken by lab staff who will complete a paper requisition to keep a record on file. This results in delays in service so should be avoided if possible.
  • Faxed to the lab from the physician’s office. The laboratory will accept faxed requisitions for the following circumstances:
    • Standing orders:   Standing Order requisitions and renewals can be faxed.  Renewals must be submitted on a new lab requisition. All requests must indicate the frequency and duration of testing
    • Pre-appointment requests: Requisitions where the patient requires additional testing prior to their appointment are acceptable
    • Out of town patients: Ideally, patients are given a requisition during their appointment. The patient is not expected to travel for the sole purpose of obtaining a requisition. For virtual clinics, routine requisitions should be given to the patient during their appointment
    • Compromised patients:  For those patients that cannot be responsible for their requisition, the requisition may be faxed.

Note:  Interior Health Laboratory is committed to providing quality service to its customers. It is important to note that faxed requisitions are shown to create delays in service. Please fax only when required.

Standing Orders
  • Use a standard MSP approved outpatient requisition and include:
    • complete patient information
    • stated start date and expiry date
    • clear frequency of testing
    • include any additional practitioners for copy to results
  • Standing orders are accepted for routine testing only.
  • The maximum duration of a standing order is two years.
The following will not be processed as standing orders. A requisition is required for each visit:
  • Urine culture requests
  • Renal and transplant orders presenting on an IH renal/transplant requisition
  • PRN orders*

*PRN orders for INR testing will be accepted if ordered in conjunction with a specified frequency, i.e. INR monthly and PRN as requested by physician.

Requests to collect standing orders outside of the original stated frequency require a separate requisition.

Standing orders are discontinued immediately when a physician leaves his/her practice.  Patients affected by this must see a new physician for a new Standing Order request.

Standing order requests by locum physicians are permitted for the duration of the locum and must include the name of the practitioner they are covering for. Patients must obtain a new standing order request once the locum has left.

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