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.

Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing for Travel to China

The Chinese Embassy has updated its requirement for pre-departure travel testing (refer http://www.chinaembassy.org.nz/eng/zxgxs/t1836558.htm). From 10 December 2020, passengers must complete one COVID PCR test (swab) and one COVID IgM antibody test (blood) within 2 days of boarding their flight, providing negative results of both. From Monday 7 December, COVID IgM antibody test will be available […]

Labtests Logo Refresh

From 1st December you may notice that our website and facebook accounts have a refreshed logo. We have taken the opportunity to emphasise our proud New Zealand roots in our logo. The logo represents a petri dish with the map of New Zealand under a microscope. The image of New Zealand represents that we have […]

The Scope November 2020

In this issue: General Managers GreetingsBiochemistry Analyser Change-over from Siemens to RocheAxe the Fax View The Scope November Issue >>>

Ponsonby Collection Centre has Closed

Please be advised that as of Friday 27 November our Ponsonby collection centre is now permanently closed. Our lease at 202 Ponsonby Road in Ponsonby has expired. We apologise for any inconvenience and until we find an alternative location, encourage you to use whichever Labtest collection centre is most convenient for you. Currently, the nearest […]