Laboratory Update 1st October 2020

COVID-19 alert level two update Screening of patients Labtests continues to screen patients attending collection centres during alert level two.  For the safety of both patients and staff, patients who respond ‘yes’ to the following questions will be asked to return home and contact their referrer for advice or instructions: Fever or felt feverish in […]

Herculean efforts by lab staff to meet COVID-19 testing demands

Since four new community cases were confirmed in Auckland on 11 August, Labtests has been inundated with COVID-19 tests. General manager Chris Davey, medical director Gary McAuliffe and Susan Smith, head of department of microbiology and molecular talk to reporter Zahra Shahtahmasebi about meeting this demand and what their experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has been like. […]

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 daysCurrently have one or more of the following symptoms:CoughingFeeling breathless   Sore Throat  Cold Symptoms   Runny NoseHave you […]

Apo E Genotype Testing

We have been advised that Canterbury Health Laboratories will introduce Pathologist review for all Apo E Genotype requests from 1st September 2020 We have been advised the criteria for acceptance is: Appropriate requests from specialist neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, geneticists, cardiologists, and chemical pathologists will be approved.For requests from General Practitioners the clinical indication for testing […]

Correct use of swabs for COVID-19 testing

Biohazard bag transport for COVID-19 swabs Feedback has been received that transport media provided with the Noble Bio swabs is leaking.  This is not the case – the CTM will not leak if the lid is put back on correctly. ** IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR NOBLE BIO SWAB USERS** The lid must be screwed back on […]

Labtests collection centre update – escalation to level 3

What does this mean for Labtests collection centres? All skin prick testing is suspended until further notice.Collections staff will wear a surgical mask, visor, and gloves.A two metre social distancing policy is now in place, both inside the waiting room and outside the door.Patients require masks to attend collection centres.Patients who have symptoms of a […]

Lab Update – Swab supplies for COVID-19 testing

In this period of increased demand for swabs for COVID-19 testing, there may be a requirement to substitute the swabs that are currently supplied.  The following swabs may be supplied to GPs and medical practices when an order is placed with Labtests.  NASOPHARYNGEAL SWAB – flexible flock swab and VTM NOBLE BIO – Clinical Virus […]

The Scope August 2020

In this issue: Requesting Calcitriol (1,250H Vitamin D3 )When a positive result means no problem: Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and DFS 70Secure Digital Communications – Replacement of faxesNotice of Chemistry Platform Change to Roche View The Scope August issue >>>

Lab Update – Secure Digital Communications

Replacement of Faxing In June 2019 the Ministry of Health and Accident Compensation Commission released a joint communique defining secure communication within the New Zealand health sector, specifically in regards to email and faxing. The two recommendations are: All emails be transmitted using Transport Layer Security (TSS) no later than January 2020.All analogue faxing to […]

Lab Update – Home Visits

REMINDER: Eligibility for funded Labtests home visit collection services as determined by the ARDHB is as follows: Patients (adults and minors) must be bedbound, have impaired mobility, mental or physical in nature, and have no support person to provide transport to a collection centre.Patients referred by Auckland’s Public Health Agency (ARPHS)Patients known/suspected to be contagious to any […]