News & Communications

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 […]

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 […]

Festive season opening hours

Our collection centre opening hours over the Christmas and New Year periods can be found here. Note: ALL collection centres will be closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve, Friday December 24.

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 […]

Location of interest – Labtests Takanini Collection Centre

The Labtests Takanini Collection Centre was visited on Monday 27 September by a patient who later tested positive for COVID-19. The patient attended with their partner and four children. Both the patient and partner were attending for blood tests – unrelated to COVID-19 or respiratory illness. This Collection Centre had a security guard at the […]

The Scope – September 2021

In the latest issue of Labtests’ newsletter The Scope you will find: Lockdown Level 4 version 2.0 – new challenges, flexible systems and good communication; When it’s not just the drug; Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia; When is a prolactin result abnormal? Labtests to adopt new improved formula to calculate LDL cholesterol; Key contacts. […]

COVID-19 Saliva testing

Are you a permitted worker, or employer of permitted workers travelling across alert level boundaries? Find out more information regarding testing 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>>