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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 […]

Pre-Departure Testing for China

For pre-departure COVID testing for travel to China please check the latest requirements from the Chinese Embassy website here: http://www.chinaembassy.org.nz/eng/

Axe the Fax

Medlab South is making changes in the way we communicate with referrers. This is in response to the June 2019 Ministry of Health and Accident Compensation Commission joint communique defining secure communication within the New Zealand health sector, specifically in regards to email and faxing. Read the Ministry Directive here We have developed solutions to […]

Change to Process for Urine Samples

From Monday 9 November there will be a major change affecting the way urine samples are processed. All urine samples will require mandatory relevant clinical details in order to be processed. Click here to read detailed information on this change.

New Cyclosporine Assay

From 25 August 2020 the laboratory will move to a new cyclosporine assay.  This change is being made, in part, because of reagent supply problems with the current assay. The new assay is produced by Roche Diagnostics which means that cyclosporine will run on the main laboratory analyser.  The Roche assay is accurate (based on […]

All Faxing to Cease

In June 2019 the Ministry of Health 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 made by the Ministry were that: All emails be transmitted using Transport Layer Security (TSS) no later than January 2020. All analogue faxing […]

eOrder & eResults Available

Laboratory requests and results are now available electronically. eOrder Referrers can order tests from us directly from your practice management system. eOrders are sent direct to the laboratory system, improving accuracy and providing your clinical team with real-time information about your requests.  For more information visit: eorder.co.nz eResults eResults allows referrers to access their results electronically […]

Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing

The Ministry of Health continues to hold the view that pre-departure testing is one element of a comprehensive strategy that includes measures such as quarantine on arrival.As part of this strategy there is an understanding that there will be increasing requests for pre-departure COVID-19 testing. With this in mind we are sharing relevant information for […]