At Colette Portamedic Services we offer many different services to our clients. This includes medical collections, DNA paternity collections, Occupational Health Services (pre employment) and DNA genetic collections.
We also provide training and workshops in the areas of Quality Control Program establishment and efficient workflow management. We have significant experience serving Health Regions and First Nations Health Regions. See more details about these services below.
Medical & Kit Collections
We collect paramedical history, conduct electrocardiography (ECG), blood & urine collections as well as taking vital signs. Contact us for more information.
Quality Control Program Establishment
We can conduct training and workshops to enable your organization to establish its own Quality Control Program. We will help you understand what a Quality Control Program requires and guide the development of policy and procedure manuals for your organization. We will teach and share up to date specimen collection and handling instructions. We will work with you to ensure that your staff and organization meet all the criteria for lab licensing and accreditation standards.
Contract Mobile Collections
Hire our Company to bring our mobile team to your business/organization for blood collections services. Let us manage the work, polices, and confidentiality for you. Contact us to discuss a contract.
Workflow Management and Streamlining of Services
Once your lab is licensed and accredited, you can rely on our experience as we help you develop an efficient and cost effective workflow.
Specimen Management & Transportation
We are WHIS AND TDG certified, and have the right equipment and packaging to transport specimens safely and on time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the legal test and the private test?
The private test is suitable for individuals who wish to find out the truth about paternity before deciding on the next step. If a private test is ordered, a buccal swab (mouth swab) DNA kit is sent directly to the parties involved in the test for sample collection. The sample collection process is quick and easy and take just minutes to complete. Once the laboratory receives the samples, testing is completed within 3 to 5 business days. The legal paternity test is intended for court use and is accepted as legal proof of paternity or non-paternity in court. If the legal testing option is chosen, the sample is collected by an unbiased third party witness.
How old does a child need to be before testing?
DNA testing can be performed on individuals at any age. Sample collection can even occur from the 1st day of birth.
What if the parties to be tested live in different cities?
For private testing, if the parties to be tested live at different addresses, we can split the kit and send the kit to each individual address separately. Since the kits are individually barcode labeled, they will be tested together once the samples arrive back at the laboratory. To order a split kit, simply state “please split this kit” in the comments box. Please also indicate which name and address to send each component. Alternatively, you can choose to have the entire kit shipped to you and you can split the kit yourself and send the components to the other parties in the test.
For legal testing, if the parties involved live in different cities, separate appointments can be arranged for each individual in their respective locations.
Does the mother need to be tested for a paternity case?
If the mother already knows that she is the biological mother of a child, then there is no need to test her if only the alleged father is in question. A conclusive answer regarding paternity can be obtained without testing the mother.
Can paternity be determined if the alleged father is not available for testing?
If the alleged father is deceased, forensic DNA testing can be considered using items which may contain the alleged father’s DNA. Forensic DNA testing can be performed any anything that has biological material from the father such as an old toothbrush, electric razor, blood stains, saliva stains, and bone or teeth from an exhumation. If it is not possible to obtain a forensic sample for the alleged father, testing his direct relatives can be considered. If his parents are alive, the grand parents test can be performed. If he has any siblings, then an aunt or uncle test can be performed. If the alleged father has other children, then a full or half sibling test can be performed.
How is the DNA sample collected?
DNA is collected by rubbing a brush gently inside the mouth against the cheek for 15 seconds. The collection is very safe and painless and can be performed on individuals at any age, including infants.
How long does testing take?
When the samples arrive at the laboratory, testing begins immediately and is completed within 3 to 5 business days.
How do I receive the results of my test?
For private testing, a copy of the report can be sent to you by email, mail or both. For legal testing, the certified legal document will be mailed to you once the testing has been completed.
Can testing be performed before a child is born?
Prenatal DNA testing can be performed using a CVS sample or an amniotic fluid sample. If you are interested in proceeding with prenatal testing, the first step is to arrange an appointment for amniocentesis or CVS with your physician/obstetrician. Once the appointment is confirmed, please let us know and we will help you to initiate a file and send the collection kit directly to your physician. The turnaround time is 3 to 5 business days from the date that we receive the samples. If you are unable to have a prenatal sample collected, please note that DNA testing can be performed on the day of birth using a mouth swab kit.