News & Communications

Lab Update: Changes to HIV testing in pregnancy

Changes to HIV testing in pregnancy in the Northern Region, 1st September 2022 As of 1st September 2022, the first antenatal blood panel will include HIV testing. Up until now, universal HIV testing has been recommended at the first antenatal visit but has required a specific request, which has led to sub-optimal testing rates. Following a […]

Updated: Relocation of Papatoetoe collection centre

The Papatoetoe Labtests Collection Centre is relocating. The current premises at 119 Kolmar Road will be closed from Monday 4 July 2022 and the new centre will open on 19 July. Alternative collection centres for the interim period 4-18 July are: Shop 6, Kew Centre, 120 East Tamaki Road, Otara – 0700-1600 hrs 18 Wiri […]

Important Lab Update: pre-departure travel testing

Kia ora koutou, With the borders starting to reopen, Labtests recognises that medical practices are experiencing increased demand for pre-departure travel testing, and we’re aware this can be a stressful time for travellers. It’s important to note that during the Omicron outbreak Labtests are in a surge environment, and our efforts are directed to the […]

Test to Travel: new pre-departure service

In preparation for an increase in international travel, the Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) are making it easier and cheaper for kiwis to secure a pre-departure PCR test. Test to Travel is a new end-to-end service which will provide travellers with digital proof of a negative COVID-19 test, allowing them entry into a multitude of […]

IMPORTANT: Pre-departure COVID testing

This following information is for people receiving their test at their GP or other medical practice. If you are getting your test through our Test to Travel service, the below information does not apply to you. Due to the high volumes of public health response COVID-19 testing during the Omicron outbreak, Labtests requires all pre-departure COVID-19 travel […]

Use of saliva testing over summer

When the Auckland boundary lifts at 11:59pm Tuesday 14 December, anyone travelling from Auckland who is fully vaccinated will no longer need to show a proof of test, and instead can use their My Vaccine Pass to travel. Unvaccinated workers who are travelling are encouraged to use Rapid Antigen Tests, available from participating pharmacies free of charge, to meet […]

COVID updates for home-visits

Please refer to the memos below regarding home-visits to COVID-positive patients and the vaccination status of all mobile Labtests staff. > Home visits and COVID-positive patients > Vaccination status of mobile Labtests staff Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Lab update – new 70mL containers

Our current supplier for the 70 mL orange-lid specimen container can no longer supply this stock. We havemanaged to identify another supplier that can manufacture similar specimen container with a pink lid. Theorange and pink lid containers are essentially the same. Labtests will continue to supply the orange lid containersuntil stock has been consumed. When […]

Lab update – skin prick testing

Labtests will be recommencing allergen skin prick testing in the community commencing on November 15, 2021. Originally we stated that we would be unable to offer this until we were at Level 2, however with the new traffic light system we are planning to offer limited skin prick testing slots to: Patients aged 12 years […]

Lab update – consumables ordering change

Planned outage of Labtests consumables ordering website: Start: 5.00 pm Friday, 29 October 2021Finish: 8.00 pm Sunday, 31 October 2021 What this means to you: We will be performing a scheduled change to migrate across to a new consumables ordering web site. This is needed because we are upgrading our consumables web page over the […]