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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.

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 […]

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>>

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 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 […]