Patients presenting at collection centres

Dear Patient

We are unable to perform your blood test today if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection e.g. coughs, colds, fevers AND/ OR answered yes to any of the following:

  • Fever or felt feverish in the last 2 days
  • Currently have one or more of the following symptoms:
    • Coughing
    • Feeling breathless   
    • Sore Throat  
    • Cold Symptoms   
    • Runny Nose
  • Have you travelled outside of NZ within the last 14 days?
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact** with a person with suspected or confirmed as COVID-19 positive in the 14 days?

Although the vast majority of patients with these symptoms are unlikely to have COVID 19, these steps will minimise the spread of all respiratory illnesses in our patient population. This benefits other patients by reducing their need for a COVID test as well as the disruption this could cause to those under medical treatment.

For Patients with Symptoms

Please contact your GP practice to see whether your test is urgent or whether it can be deferred until you are symptom free. Your GP will be aware of the arrangements in place and will be able to assist you with an alternative option.

In the event you are unable to reach someone in your GP practice please contact Healthline on 0800-611-116.

We ask for your kindness and consideration during this time of change. We are all doing our very best to support you, our valued patients.