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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 […]

Queen’s birthday weekend

All of our collection centres will be closed on Monday June 7 for the Queen’s birthday. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday June 8.

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>>

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 >>