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ANZAC weekend

All of our collection centres will be closed on Monday April 26 for ANZAC day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday April 27.

Changes to vaginal culture swab processing

We have been reviewing our laboratory processes for vaginal culture swabs. The main purpose of this test is to detect bacterial vaginosis (BV) or candidiasis in women with vaginal discharge or othersymptoms of vaginitis. The Gram stain is the gold standard investigation for both BV and candidiasis.(1-3) BV diagnosis utilises a validated scoring system based […]

Easter Weekend

Please note that all Medlab South collection centres will be closed on the public holidays over the Easter period. Collection centres will be closed on Good Friday – 2nd April and Easter Monday – 5th April. Saturday 3rd April – All usual Saturday collection centres will operate as per normal hours.

Patient Report Upgrades

Medlab South and Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) are scheduling an upgrade for the reports generated for Histology, Non-gynae Cytology, Bone Marrow, Flow Cytometry and Post-Mortem tests. Read more >>>

Bowel Screening Report Changes

Medlab South and Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) are scheduling an upgrade for rich text reports on the evening of March 25, 2021. Reformatted Bowel Screening Programme reports are included as part of this change. Read more >>

Waitangi Day

Please note that all of our collection centres will be closed on Monday 8th February for the Waitangi Day Holiday. Temuka and Dee Street collection centres will also be closed on Saturday 6th February. All centres will be open as normal on Tuesday 9th February.

Pre-Departure Testing for China

The Chinese Embassy has updated its requirement for pre-departure travel testing. From 10 December 2020, passengers must complete one COVID PCR test (swab) and one COVID IgM antibody test (blood) within 2 days of boarding their flight, providing negative results of both. Read more here >>

Important Referrer Update re COVID-19 Testing

At our Nelson/Marlborough lab we receive hundreds of specimens per day for SARS-CoV-2 PCR. To ensure rapid testing on priority specimens, the laboratory has two work streams. To enable the laboratory to identify priority specimens, it is essential that request forms clearly state one of the following: Higher Index of Suspicion (HIS)Symptomatic healthcare workerSymptomatic Aged […]

Christmas and New Year Hours

All of our Collection Centres will be closed for the public holidays over Christmas and New Year. Tahunanui and Temuka will be closed from December 21st. For a full list of all closures during the holiday period read more below: Collection Centre Holiday Hours >>>

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

It’s that exciting time of year again! For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (WAAW), the World Health Organisation has selected the slogan “Antimicrobials: Handle with care. United to preserve antimicrobials.” You will notice that we now talk in terms of “antimicrobials” rather than “antibiotics” because we recognise that resistance in organisms other than bacteria (such […]