Results Reporting Process

Routine laboratory results are available to authorized health care professionals by phone between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Results can be given verbally, faxed, or submitted electronically. Urgent and stat requests are available 24/7.

Reporting Priority Laboratory Results

High priority results are reported as each test is completed to the physician’s office, nursing unit, clinic, or referring hospital. These reports are faxed, phoned or printed directly to on-site printers. Critical results are phoned in person by the technologist.

Final Printed Reports

Printed copies of laboratory results are distributed each day to a physician’s fax. Electronic results are delivered in real time as they are completed. The Nova Scotia Health Authority Central Zone laboratory does not send test results by mail. 

Electronic Reporting Option

Health Care Providers and Clinics seeking information on electronic transmission of laboratory results are advised to contact Nova Scotia Health Authority Information Management and Technology at