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Lab Testing: What to Know Before You Go

With some Felix categories, our prescribers want to see results of lab tests before approving a prescription.

This is to make sure that the treatment is, and continues to be, appropriate for you.

So how do you go about getting a lab test done, and what can you expect from the process?

Step 1: After your assessment

What are my next steps after my initial assessment?

A Felix practitioner will review the information in your assessment and decide if a lab test is appropriate. If it is, you will be sent lab requisition forms. 

To keep your health information safe, this will be sent via secure private message from your practitioner, rather than via email.

How will I know when the prescriber has sent the lab requisition?

Look out for an email or SMS notifying you that you have a new message from your Felix practitioner. Once you log back into your Felix account you will be able to access this message, and the requisition form. 

What do I do with my lab requisition form?

Print your lab requisition form and take it with you to your test, as it requires all the info about what test we need, as well as telling the lab how to send the results to Felix. 

If you aren’t able to print your requisition form you still have a few options depending on the lab:

  • If you’re going to LifeLabs you can email your form within 24 hours before you go for your test. Addresses vary by province, but you can find the correct one here.
  • If you forget to email ahead of time, each individual LifeLabs location should have a dedicated email address you can message on the spot.
  • If you’re using Dynacare you can upload your requisition via the Dynacare website. 

Depending on the lab, you may also be able to email your requisition in advance of your appointment. 

Step 2:  Getting tested

Where do I get my tests?

If you’re unsure where to go to get tested you can try the following services to find a location that is convenient for you.

Ontario 

Lifelabs

Dynacare

Alberta

Alberta Precision Labs

Dynalife

Saskatchewan

Lifelabs

Do I need to make an appointment?

This will depend on where you get tested and how busy they are. If you’re on a tight schedule, try to book ahead. 

How long will it take to get my results?

Timing can vary by lab and by test. In many cases results will be available in a few days, and for HIV tests, in a week to ten days.

What will I be tested for?

This will vary depending on the treatment. For PrEP users you will be tested including in the following areas:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Creatinine
  • Urinalysis
  • Pregnancy (if indicated)

Based on medical history,  your Felix practitioner may ask for additional tests specific to you. 

How much will the test cost?

In most cases the test will be free. For example, in Ontario your lab tests would be covered by OHIP.

Step 3: After your tests

What happens after I complete my tests?

Once you have completed your tests the lab will send us the results. Once we’ve reviewed your results you will hear from the Felix team. In many cases this will be via an email prompting you to log in to Felix to get your results, but in certain cases we’ll call you directly. 


Once your Felix practitioner has reviewed your results and everything is in order, they will write an initial prescription for your medication if appropriate.

If there is something in your results that means your Felix practitioner does not feel that a prescription would be appropriate, your prescription will not be approved. 

When will I receive my medication?

If you are approved to receive medication, and have selected that you want to have your prescription filled by Felix, we will take care of the rest. Our pharmacy will process your prescription and deliver it to your door.  

Will I need to do more tests?

For many medications that require lab work, Felix will require ongoing lab tests to make sure that your medication continues to be safe and appropriate for you to take.

For example for PrEP users we require lab tests every three months. 

How will I know when I need to get my next tests?

When you are due for your next medication refill, you’ll receive an email and SMS letting you know it’s time for a check up with Felix. As part of that process your Felix practitioner will provide you with a new lab requisition for further tests. 


Still have questions? Reach out to your Felix healthcare practitioner for more information.

WRITTEN BY
Felix Team
Updated on:
December 2, 2022
Medically reviewed by
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The views expressed here are those of the author and, as with the rest of the content on Health Guide, are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare practitioner.

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