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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 […]

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>>

The Scope – May 2021

In the latest issue of Labtest’s newsletter THE SCOPE you will find: Positive partnershipsMonitoring of urine analytes in patients forming recurrent renal stoneLipase the preferred test for pancreatitisBlood lead: Lowering of the notification levelPSA change from Siemens to Roche MethodAxe the Fax reminder Read the full newsletter here>>

Queen’s birthday opening hours

All of our Collection Centres will be closed on Monday 7 June, with the following exceptions: Mt Wellington – 37-41 Carbine Road – Open: 8.00-1200Botany Road – East Care, 260 Botany Road – Open: 8.00-1200Mt Eden – 655 Dominion Road – Open: 8.00-1200Mairangi Bay – 119 Apollo Drive – Open: 8.00-1200Henderson – 10 Woodford Ave […]

URGENT – COVID-19 swab collection tubes

It has been brought to our attention that the transport media in a small number of the CITOSWAB® COVID collection tubes is appearing a different colour. Instead of the expected pink-red colour the liquid media is appearing a pale yellow-orange. PLEASE NOTE:– The expected colour is pink-red (right-hand tube)– The incorrect colour is a pale […]

Reduced hours Papakura Collection Centre May 17 & 21

Due to planned power outages, the opening hours for our Papakura collection centre will be reduced on the following days: Monday 17 May 2021 – open 8.30am to 4:00 pmFriday 21 May 2021 – open 7:00am to 1:30pm, and 2:30pm to 4:00pm (Note: The Collection Centre will be closed from 1:30pm to 2:30pm) The closest […]

The benefits of being paperless!

Labtests introduced eOrders, a system which replaces the paper laboratory test request with an electronic version. This eOrder is then available at any one of our 55 collection centres at the time when the patient presents for testing. Generating an eOrder instead of a paper request form means that when patients attend a collection centre, […]

** Faxing of incoming requests and test results to cease on May 31, 2021 **

In June 2019 the Ministry of Health and Accident Compensation Commission released a joint communique defining secure communication within the New Zealand health sector, specifically in regards to email and faxing.  The two recommendations are: All emails be transmitted using Transport Layer Security (TLS) no later than January 2020.All analogue faxing to be migrated to […]