News & Communications

News & Communications

The Scope February 2019

Issue 28 of The Scope includes articles on the following: Update on serum ferritin level interpretation. Recurrent urinary tract infection advice. Antibiotic sensitivity table for 2018. New process for sending request forms to the collection centres. New pathology request pad ordering process. Updated key contacts. Click here to view

The Scope September 2018

Issue 27 of The Scope includes the following articles: Serum Protein ElectrophoresisRivaroxaban: What I need to knowChanges to Paediatric serum creatinine rangesSyphilis update Click here to view

The Scope April 2018

Issue 26 of The Scope contains articles on the following: NZ CVD risk assessment and managementSmall red cellsMild elevations in prolactinSubmission of high risk specimens for culture Click on link to view

Lab Update February 2018

New testing restrictions for Bordetella Pertussis (Whooping cough) Commercial requests for pertussis serology are no longer authomatically processed.  Please click here for full details

The Scope December 2017

Issue 25 of The Scope contains the following pathologist articles: Antibiotic resistance to Neisseria gonorrhoeaeLabtests Siemens cardiac troponin I (cTnI) assayMycoplasma genitalium testing updateAlkaline phosphatase (ALP) reference interval updateReticulocyte response to anaemia To view click here

Lab Update November 2017

Based on expert advice and endorsed by the Auckland Metro Clinical Governance Forum Labtests is consulting with referrers with a view to discontinuing FOBT in community Laboratories unless they are providing service to the National Screening Programme. Click here to view full consultation document.

Lab Update September 2017

Testing children for Clostridium difficile in the community From 1st October 2017, Labtests will no longer process community C. difficile  tests for children <5 years old unless these are requested or endorsed by a paediatrician. Click here for more information.

Lab Update August 2017

Repeat laboratory test request forms An audit of repeat request forms at Labtests has found that some patients have multiple forms with the same or similar tests on them, from different referrers. This can result in the patients having more blood drawn than necessary, and unnecessary tests are being performed. While there are valid reasons for […]

The Scope July 2017

Issue 24 contains the following articles: Protein serum electrophoresis requestingRequesting HbA1c in childrenRequests for reflex testingARDHB Safety in practice – results handling Click here to view

The Scope April 2017

Issue 23 contains the following articles: Haematology ReferralsBlood cultures in general practiceHCV diagnosticsIntroducing Mycoplasma genitalium testingGroup A Streptococcal antibodies (ASO and anti-DNase)Changes to testosterone assaydsDNA Autoantibody results are changing Please click here to view Issue 23 of The Scope