Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program
LRC Hamilton
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LRC Hamilton is operated through the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program - a joint venture of St. Joseph's Healthcare and Hamilton Health Sciences and is an integral component of the McMaster University Academic Program in Laboratory Medicine. Since its inception in 1974, LRC Hamilton has been offering specialized laboratory testing to hospitals and private sector laboratories both locally and nationally. 

The LRC Mission is to provide regional leadership in specialized and referred-in testing to our clients.  The entire research, consultation and service capabilities of this group is available through LRC Hamilton and we look forward to serving you.

LRC Hamilton

LRC Hamilton provides reference testing services to hospitals external to Hamilton Health Sciences & St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, long-term care facilities, private sector laboratory companies, and researchers across Canada. LRC Hamilton currently provides services to more than 150 clients, and performs greater than 250,000 tests annually.

LRC Hamilton provides:

  • Specialized and referred-in testing in fully licensed hospital laboratories;
  • High quality testing services and results reporting in order to ensure optimal patient care;
  • Access to a team of over 60 laboratory MD/PhD professionals and 600 medical laboratory technologists, technicians and support staff with expertise in all aspects of laboratory medicine;
  • An extensive, comprehensive and expanding test menu;  
  • A collaborative approach to customer service; 
  • Quality service at competitive prices


HRLMP operates medical laboratory testing facilities at several sites in Hamilton.  Service is provided to Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare hospital inpatients and clinics in addition to the specialized referral laboratory services for patient specimens from external clients in Ontario and across Canada. The HRLMP performs approximately 9.8 million tests annually.

The HRLMP was formed through the amalgamation of all of the Departments of Laboratory Medicine at the two teaching hospitals within Hamilton at that time. All laboratory staff, resources, responsibilities, procedures and budgets are administered under a single program, the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program (HRLMP).

The HRLMP provides a full spectrum of clinical laboratory services from operations distributed across five sites. The licensed laboratory sites include Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton at the Charlton site and the Centre for Ambulatory Health Services. The HRLMP provides each acute care hospital with a range of clinical services for routine chemistry, hematology, coagulation, transfusion medicine, immunology, microbiology, genetics and pathology and a wide range of diagnostic services.


Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program • Hamilton, Ontario