1. My child requires a blood test/urine test. How do I proceed?
The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Test Center provides walk-in diagnostic testing for children from 0 to 17 years of age inclusively. No appointments are needed except for sweat tests. We are located on the second floor of Bloc B (room B02.5118) and open Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed on holidays and weekends.
On the day of your tests, please bring:
- A physician’s prescription or laboratory requisition that clearly indicates the child’s full name and/or Medicare number, the physician’s full name and license number and all the tests requested by the physician. Without this information, testing cannot be performed.
- A valid Medicare card
- A valid hospital card (hospital cards can be obtained at the Admissions department, located in Bloc C, level RC 0036)
2. How do I know if my child’s hospital card is valid and where do I get a new one?
The hospital card’s expiration date is written at the bottom left-hand corner of the red card. Its expiry date is the same as a patient’s Medicare card expiration date. If you need to make a new hospital card, please go to room C RC 0036 prior to coming to the Pediatric Test Centre.
3. What is fasting?
Fasting means that your child has not eaten anything, nor drank anything other than water for a pre-determined amount of time prior to their blood test based on age. Ask your physician if your child needs to be fasting prior to doing their blood test.
Should your child need to fast, please refer to the requirements below:
- Children less than 12 months old: 4 hours
- Children 12-18 months old: 6 hours
- Children older than 18 months old: 12 hours
4. Which tests require fasting?
Fasting is required when indicated by your physician or when the following tests have been requested:
- Fasting Glucose (AC)
- Vitamin A and Vitamin E
- Pyruvate or Pyruvic acid
- Any other tests indicated by your physician
If you are unsure if fasting is required for your child’s upcoming blood test, please consult your physician.
5. I have a urine or stool specimen to collect and drop-off. How do I proceed?
Specimens may be dropped off from Monday to Friday between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room B 02.5118. Please be sure that you have your child’s hospital card and your physician’s requisition with you each time you drop off a specimen. We are unable to accept your specimen without these documents.
6. Can I drop off specimens outside of opening hours?
Specimens can only be dropped off during opening hours in room B 02.5118 from Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please don’t leave any specimens at the door as they will not be processed.
7. My child is not potty-trained. How can I collect his or her urine?
We have special urine collection bags that can be taped to your child to collect urine. We do not insert catheters for this purpose. Please go to emergency if a catheter is necessary.
8. My child requires a sweat test. What does this test entail?
Sweat tests are the only kinds of tests for which an appointment is mandatory. The average waiting time for a sweat test appointment is about 2 weeks as this test is performed once a week, every Thursday.
A sweat test is a painless procedure lasting about 45 minutes during which your child’s sweat glands are stimulated to produce sweat. This sweat is then collected for analysis. Because sweat collection requires that your child stay warm in order to produce a sufficient amount for collection, patients are required to bring warm clothing or a warm blanket. It is important to note that if your child does not sweat enough to collect a sufficient sample during the procedure we may not be able to perform the analysis.
9. My child does not have a Quebec Medicare card/ we are not insured. Can he or she still be tested?
Your child may still be tested even if you do not have Medicare coverage. Please let a member of our administrative staff know if you are not covered by Medicare once you arrive in the Pediatric Test Centre. Our administrative officers will prepare an invoice for you based on the tests requested by your physician. You will then be required to take the invoice to the hospital’s Billing Office prior to the blood draw to pay for the procedure.
10. I’m in the waiting room and noticing that patients that have arrived after me are being called in before me. Why is that?
Patients are seen in order of medical priority and health status. Furthermore, not all patients come to the Pediatric Test Centre for the same reasons. Some patients may be present for other kinds of testing (ie. sweat tests) and have appointment times independent from those waiting for blood tests.
11. Why can’t you tell me the waiting time and/or why is there such a long wait today?
It is very difficult for us to estimate waiting times because each patient is different and some patients require more time than others. For this reason we cannot predict wait times. Family members and caregivers can rest assured that once their name is called, they will be given the highest level of care and attention.
12. I would like to know my child’s tests results. Can I call the lab?
Test results can only be given to a patient’s requesting physician. No test results will be given to parents or patients. If you wish to inquire about results, you must communicate with the physician who ordered the tests for your child.
13. My physician’s requisition was not accepted in the Pediatric Test Centre. How come?
By law, certain information must appear on the requisition your physician provides you for any given test. Prior to leaving your physician’s office with a requisition for blood, urine or sweat tests, make sure that the following information has been correctly recorded:
- Your child’s full name (as indicated on their Medicare and hospital card)
- Your physician’s full name, including his or her license number and clinic name
If you have more than one child coming for tests, each child must have their own requisition. If your requisition is lacking any of the above information we will not be able to perform testing.