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Pre-departure testing: important update during current health response

Information contained in this update is accurate as of 23 August 2021 During the current public health emergency Labtests are processing high-volumes of COVID-19 tests. We cannot guarantee pre-departure test results for travellers in less than 72 hours from time of collection. It is important that all patients presenting for this test are advised of […]

COVID-19 Saliva testing

Are you a permitted worker, or employer of permitted workers travelling across alert level boundaries? Register for a COVID-19 saliva test here.

Screening at collection centres

This is just a brief update to alert you to the fact that our collection centres are screening out patients who have symptoms which are suggestive of COVID-19, and those patients who are required to self-isolate under the health act section 70 (locations of interest, household contacts etc…) Read more here>>

COVID-19 swab supplies – substitutions required

In this period of increased demand for swabs for COVID-19 testing, there may be a requirement to substitute the Citotest swabs that are currently supplied. An additional/alternative swab type will be distributed to medical centres in orders processed from today. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Copan swabs were distributed pre-pandemic for the collection of samples for viral […]

IMPORTANT: Collection Centre update

From Friday August 20, some collection centres are closed until further notice. Click here to view the collection centres that are open with their opening hours.

COVID update – Alert Level 4

From Friday 20 August the Collection Centres listed here are open. All others remain closed until further notice. If your test is not urgent or you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, please stay at home.We require you to wear a mask and practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times in our collection […]

Collection Centre changes & specimen containers

There are a number of changes to collection centre locations taking place this month, plus we have some updates regarding specimen containers for you. Read the full details here >>

How MIQ saliva testing will work

From the NZ Herald, 5 July 2021: Regular saliva testing for staff at New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities could be underway in weeks, which aims to strengthen the country’s border against Covid-19. Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) was awarded a Ministry of Health contract in May to provide virus surveillance testing through saliva […]

COVID-19 saliva testing option

Weekly-tested border workers are being given the option of saliva testing to reduce the “discomfort” of regular COVID nasal swabs.  COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday more than 1400 border workers can look forward to the change, which he said came after “extensive due diligence”.  Read the full article here>>

Discontinuation of respiratory serology tests

LabPLUS are in the process of reviewing their test menu for infectious serology and several antibody tests will be discontinued. Read more>>