Tests and Procedures

Blood Collection:

This information is available HERE on the NSHA blood collection locations and hours page

Laboratory Services:

A full range of `ices are provided to help prevent illness, identify disease, ensure proper treatment and aid in recovery. Outpatient blood collection rooms are provided at each of the five hospitals in GASHA as well as several community clinics and nursing home collection services.

Within GASHAgas Laboratory Services, there are six (6) separate departments. Chemistry is done for the analysis of blood and body fluids; hematology is for the testing of blood counts used to detect diseases like leukemia. Transfusion medicine is done to determine the appropriate blood type and blood compatibility for treatment of anemia and microbiology is for the culture of pathological bacteria known to cause infections so that appropriate antibiotic therapy may be administered. Histology is done by the processing of tissue samples for investigation of cancer and other tissue diseases and finally cytology is done for the study of cells through pap smears and other body fluids. Water testing for bacteria is also provided for a small fee.

St. Martha's Regional Hospital
902-867-4500 ext 4756
Collection Room - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 6:30am and closes
at 2:30 pm
24 hour emergency services

Strait Richmond
Strait Richmond Hospital
Collection Room - 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration closes at 1:15pm 
24 hour emergency services

Guysborough Memorial Hospital
Collection Room - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. Mary's Memorial Hospital
Collection Room - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Eastern Memorial Hospital
Collection Room - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Diagnostic Imaging / XRay:

This information is available here on the NSHA diagnostic imaging page

Breast Screening/Mammography:

Women do not need a referral from their doctor, but they need to book an appointment in advance. Asymptomatic women over 40 should be checked once a year and asymptomatic women over the age of 50 should be checked twice a year. Women with a palpable lump should contact their doctor and will be referred to the hospital for a diagnostic mammogram.

Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program Main Bookings 1-800-565-0548
St. Martha's Regional Hospital Diagnostic Mammography 867-4500 ext 4281

Cardiorespiratory Services:

Cardiorespiratory Services for GASHA include the following: 

  • Routine EKG Tracings
  • Holter Monitoring Event Recording
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Stress Tests 
  • Respiratory Therapy Services.

Respiratory Therapy diagnostic procedures offered at St. Martha's Regional Hospital site include:

  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Methacholine Challenge Tests
  • Exercise Asthma Testing
  • Level III Stardust Sleep Monitoring
  • Six Minute Walk Testing
  • Overnight Oximetry Trials 
  • Arterial Blood Gas Sampling
  • Bipap Therapy Equipment titrations.

Patients requiring Oxygen Therapy or Medication Instruction can also access the services of a Respiratory Therapist.

Booking Appointments

Patients must book these appointments in advance. A physician referral is required.

Hours of operation:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contact Information:

Phone: 902-867-4500 ext 4301 or 902-863-2830 ext 4301.

*Please note: A Respiratory Therapist is available on site on weekends and exceptions to the Monday to Friday schedule can be arranged on a case by case request.

Water Testing:

The Nova Scotia Department of Environment & Labour recommends testing your well water for bacteria every six (6) months. GASHA provides microbiology/water testing for bacteria for anyone looking to have their well water and drinking water tested. Clients will bring their samples to the St. Martha's business office and pay $25.00 for a single test and there is an additional $3.00 fee if they require the results to be faxed to a location outside the hospital.

Sample bottles are provided by the Department of Environment and Labour Offices across the province and locally at St. Martha's Regional Hospital. After collection it is important to store water samples between 1 and 10 degrees Celsius and deliver to the lab within 24 hours. Do not freeze the water sample. Water samples that are more than 10 degrees Celsius will not be accepted for testing unless the client signs a waiver understanding the results might not be accurate.

Samples can be brought to and paid for at the business office on the main floor of St. Martha's Regional Hospital during the following hours, excluding holidays:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 am

For more information on the importance of water testing visit: http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/welltips.asp

Independent Phlebotomists:

Please visit the Nova Scotia Health Authority independent phlebotomy page.