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URGENT – COVID-19 swab collection tubes

It has been brought to our attention that the transport media in a small number of the CITOSWAB® COVID collection tubes is appearing a different colour. Instead of the expected pink-red colour the liquid media is appearing a pale yellow-orange. PLEASE NOTE:– The expected colour is pink-red (right-hand tube)– The incorrect colour is a pale […]

Reduced hours Papakura Collection Centre May 17 & 20

Due to planned power outages, the opening hours for our Papakura collection centre will be reduced on the following days: Monday 17 May 2021 – open 8.30am to 4:00 pmFriday 21 May 2021 – open 7:00am to 1:30pm, and 2:30pm to 4:00pm (Note: The Collection Centre will be closed from 1:30pm to 2:30pm) The closest […]

The benefits of being paperless!

Labtests introduced eOrders, a system which replaces the paper laboratory test request with an electronic version. This eOrder is then available at any one of our 55 collection centres at the time when the patient presents for testing. Generating an eOrder instead of a paper request form means that when patients attend a collection centre, […]

** Faxing of incoming requests and test results to cease on May 31, 2021 **

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 (TLS) no later than January 2020.All analogue faxing to be migrated to […]

Laboratory Update – March 2021

Download PDF version here >>> IMPORTANT – correct completion of COVID-19 swab request forms It is essential that all relevant information is on the request form accompanying COVID-19 specimens.  Labtests receives around 2,000 COVID-19 specimens per day and this can increase to 7 – 8,000 specimens during surges when alert levels change and positive community […]

COVID-19 turnaround times and important information for patients

Labtests receives up to 2,000 COVID-19 swab requests per day.  We cannot guarantee results for travellers in less than 72 hours from time of collection, although results are often reported sooner.  It is important that all patients presenting for this test are advised of this by the referrer.   Some referrers are requesting a one hour […]

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Sahanya’s Questions to Natasha: 1. What do you do?Some of the things I do; I operate instruments that run patient samples. In a Biochemistry laboratory, we have blood samples, urine samples that are processed on instruments as presented below.I carry out the specific maintenance for the instrument or instruments, do all the checks like probes […]

Slower Than Usual Turnaround Times for Test Results

Labtests laboratory has recently invested in a major, significant upgrade to our robotic track systems that link the entire core laboratory with instrumentation to automate previously predominately manual processes as outlined in The Scope November 2020:  Read The Scope >> While we have worked very hard to ensure a smooth transition, in a project of […]

COVID-19 testing during holiday period and Citotest COVID specimen handling

COVID-19 PCR and IgM serology testing will be performed in the laboratory each day with the exception of 25th December and 1st January. Read more >>>

RCPA: A behind the scenes look at Pathology through COVID

Featuring Gary McAuliffe, Medical Director for Labtests and Northland Pathology, RCPA take a look at the importance of pathology in Australia and New Zealand throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic.