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Island Health is temporarily closing walk-in services at its Sidney Satellite outpatient lab starting Wednesday, August 24th.

In a statement, the health authority said the move was to ensure reliable, consistent acute and outpatient laboratory service at the outpatient lab located at 2357 James White Boulevard effective August 24th to September 2nd.

Island Health said this pause in service does not affect people with booked appointments or people dropping off samples.

“We acknowledge the inconvenience of this temporary change and appreciate people’s patience as we work to support acute and outpatient services,” said Island Health.

There was no reason given for the service reduction, however, this is the second closure at the location in the past two months.

During this closure, patients requiring walk-in outpatient lab services can go to Saanich Peninsula Hospital or the LifeLabs location in Sidney.

The Sidney Satellite lab is expected to resume walk-in operations on September 6th.

Patients seeking updated information on open locations and hours should visit this website or call 1-877-370-8355.

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