FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation says the funds raised from this year’s Bluey Day will be going towards a HistoCore SPECTRA Workstation for the hospital laboratory.

The current workstation is nine years old, discontinued, and can’t keep up with the lab’s needs.

According to the foundation, the workstation is needed to stain and coverslip slides required in the delivery of surgical pathological slides, which are used to identify cancerous cells in the body’s tissues.

The pathology department in the hospital processed more than 4000 surgical pathology cases in 2021, said the foundation. Slides coming from these cases have to all be stained and coverslipped before the pathologist can provide a pathologic diagnosis.

“The efficiency, speed, and accuracy of staining using this new equipment to produce slides for determining treatment and diagnosis will be felt within our whole community. In particular, this instrument will have a direct and positive impact on the turnaround time of diagnostic results for cancer care services in Fort St. John, which in turn will improve patient outcomes,” said the foundation in a release.

Registration is open for Bluey Day and participants can register alone or in a team. So far, seven individuals and three teams have signed up to Be Brave & Shave on May 28th.

Anyone interested can register here to join them.