At Colette Portamedic Services we offer many different services to our clients. This includes blood collections, employment drug and alcohol testing, 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.
Please note that all paid services are provided a receipt.
Blood collection receipts may be used for tax purposes and some Group Medical Insurance plans may provide reimbursement.
Specimen Management & Transportation
We are WHMIS AND TDG certified, and have the right equipment and packaging to transport specimens safely and on time.
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.
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.
Colette Portamedic Outreach Nurse
Our Outreach nurse is a Registered Nurse that is registered, in good standing, with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association. He has 13 years of direct frontline nursing experience including acute care, home care and community health nursing. He has been practicing in communicable disease control nursing in First Nations for 8 years. Our nurse is proficient in all areas of sexual health and wellness, sexually transmitted and sexually transmitted blood borne pathogen testing, treatment and case management. In addition, providing harm reduction counselling and harm reduction services such as needle distribution programs. He has many years of experience working with clients engaged in at risk behaviors, marginalized populations and has a high tolerance and low barrier philosophy.
The outreach nurse is an advanced clinical nurse in the area of sexual health and wellness, sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, addictions and public health nursing. The outreach nurse will case manage with a multidisciplinary team including physicians, nursing, pharmacy, mental health, addictions and laboratory. The outreach nurse will operate in a multisectoral team including the Saskatchewan health Authority, Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, corrections and Indigenous Services Canada.
Our outreach nurse is available on daily, weekly & monthly contracts. Please give us a call for rates and more information.
Clinical Practice Includes:
Practice as a sexual health nurse in identifying and ordering the appropriate diagnostic tests utilizing the site specific regional medical directives and consultation with the regional Medical Health Officer and infectious disease physicians
Assist in staff training and mentoring to provide sexual health assessments, pre and post test counselling, treatments, case management and referrals
Perform pretest counselling and assessments for HIV, HBV, HCV, Syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea
Obtain appropriate laboratory samples and transport samples to provincial laboratory
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Doctor’s order (requisition paper) for blood work?
Do we perform ECG’s?
If I have a standing order blood requisition at another blood collection site can we access it, or do I still need to bring one to Colette Portamedic Services?
Unfortunately we don’t have access to obtaining this information. You can arrange with your doctor clinic to pick up a new standing order blood req, or to fax a copy to our location at 306-764-0171.
How long does it take for Drug and alcohol testing results?
You will receive your results at after the testing is completed. You will receive a card with results to provide to your employer.
Does Colette Portamedic Services receive copies of our blood/urine laboratory results? Where do they go?
No we don’t have access or obtain any results. The ordering physician will receive a copy of the results. Clients that are registered for E Health can also log in and see results under their Saskatchewan Health Card.
What type of COVID-19 tests are there?
There are currently two primary types of COVID-19 tests being used to test patients for COVID-19:
- Molecular Tests (also known as nucleic acid, RNA or PCR tests): this test detects genetic material of the virus. Most commonly, a nasopharyngeal swab (through the nostril to upper throat) is collected. This test is used for diagnostic purposes. Results can be in a few hours — or longer if sample is sent to an outside lab. PCR tests are very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional.
- Rapid Antigen Screening Tests: this test detects certain proteins in the virus. Most commonly, a nasal swab is collected. This test is used as a screening. Results are within few minutes. It can detect the virus in patients who are still highly infectious which can help for isolation and quarantine purposes. A positive antigen test result is considered accurate when testing instructions are carefully followed, but there’s an increased chance of false-negative results — meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have a negative result. Depending on the situation, it may be recommended to have a PCR test for confirmation.
COVID-19 Antibody testing is looking for antibodies in the body that have been created to fight the virus. While sometimes used, these tests can only identify if you had the virus in the past. Accuracy and reliability of these tests are still being studied.
What is fasting? Which tests do I have to fast for and how long do I have to fast? Can I have water?
Fasting means that you are not to have any food (including chewing gum) or any drink other than water only in small quantities. It is recommended that you fast for a minimum of 12 hours before sample collection for the following tests:
- Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)
- Fasting Glucose
- Lipid Panel
- Lactose Tolerance
- Glucose Tolerance (GTT)
- Parathyroid Hormone (PTH)