All community pharmacists with a PRAC ID may register to order lab tests.
Pharmacists, like all practitioners and allied practitioners, must complete and submit the Practitioner/Allied Practitioners Information form AHC11234 found on the Health professional business forms page on the Alberta Health website. Instructions on how to complete the AHC11234 form are on the same Alberta Health webpage under the link to the form.
Completed forms may be submitted to the Provider Relationship and Claims unit at Alberta Health by
For more information, contact the Provider Relationship and Claims unit at the above email address or by phone at 780-422-1522 (or toll-free at 310-0000, then 780-422-1522 at the prompt).
Pharmacists employed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) should contact AHS Pharmacy Services for information on how to register and order lab tests.
The Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians include the pharmacist’s responsibility to consider appropriate information for each patient (Standard 3). This includes the ordering of laboratory tests. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the standards and guidelines before you begin ordering lab tests. In October 2018, ACP introduced new standards for laboratory and point of care testing:
Results for all lab tests ordered by pharmacists will be available via Netcare in the same way as results for tests ordered by other health professionals. However, to ensure timely responses and follow-ups for tests you have ordered, you will be required to provide the lab with information regarding how results can be received in your workplace.
For additional information, or if you need assistance in determining how you will receive results, please contact the lab you are registering with.
As indicated in the ACP standards and guidelines, pharmacists must have a system in place to ensure appropriate follow-up of critical results for lab tests they order on a 24-hour, seven-days-per-week basis. You may feel that you are able to provide 24/7 coverage; however, there are times when all of us are indisposed or unavailable. For this reason, you are encouraged to consider developing agreements, partnerships, or arrangements, such as on-call groups, with other pharmacist or physician colleagues to meet this requirement.
After-hours emergency contact information must be made available to the lab at the time of registration or must be available via a messaging service at your regular contact number. Lab representatives will not leave information regarding critical results on answering machines or voicemail.