News & Communications

News & Communications

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) testing guidelines for community referrers

Testing in primary care requires consultation with the medical officer of health and clinical microbiologist.Patients should not be sent to collection centres for testing or additional blood tests. Download the guidelines PDF

Lab Update January 2020

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF RANUI COLLECTION CENTRE Our lease at 476 Swanson Road in Ranui has expired and we are now searching for a new premises in the area. We apologise for any inconvenience and, until we find an alternative location, we encourage you to use whichever Labtests collection centre is most convenient for you.  Currently […]

Lab Update June 21st 2019

25-hydroxy vitamin D testing for funded requests                      Labtests has been performing all commercial 25-hydroxy vitamin D (Vit D) tests since 2012. As of 24th June 2019, under a new agreement, we will also be performing all funded Vit D tests in the community. The method used by Labtests (Abbott Architect) is an immunoassay that has […]

The Scope November 2019

Click here to view Issue 30 of The Scope contains articles on the following: Serum protein electrophoresis. Antibiotic susceptibility interpretation. Does your patient have adrenal insufficiency. Clinically appropriate throat swabs – choosing wisely. Tissue autoantibodies at Labtests. Serum urate testing-hyperuricaemia and gout. A new research

Laboratory Update 5 September 2019

Click here to view update This update contains information on: Measles immunity/IgG testing in the community. Restrictions to QuantiFERON-TB Gold testing in the community

Consultation August 2019 – Fungal infections

Labtests and Northland Pathology are consulting with referrers on diagnostic testing for fungal infections of skin, hair, and nails. Follow link to view consultation document

The Scope August 2019

Click here to view Issue 29 of the Scope contains articles on the following: Inherited thrombophilia testing Additions to Labtests schedule for funded testing: (NT-ProBNP, Parathyroid Hormone (PTH), Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP), Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA), CCP antibody, Quantiferon Gold, VZV (chicken pox immunity testing) Change of adult FT4 reference range Total protein and globulin reference ranges […]

Lab Update July 2019

New strain Chlamydia trachomatis not detected by Hologic Aptima assay. Click here for full details

Lab Update 28th June 2019

Please follow link  to view Laboratory Update for Auckland and Northland outlining changes to respiratory virus and thrombophilia testing