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Personal travel to/from Auckland – testing update

For updated information on who can travel across alert level boundaries and the testing requirements please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Personal travel information is available hereBusiness travel information available here. Saliva testing is not an option for personal travel testing at this stage. Nasopharyngeal swab testing is available and are free for […]

COVID-19 Saliva testing

Are you a permitted worker, or employer of permitted workers travelling across alert level boundaries? Register for a COVID-19 saliva test here.

Alert Level 2

Kia ora koutou, here is our Alert Level 2 status: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) Our FNA service has resumed and we are taking bookings as usual with 30 minute slots rather than the usual 15 minutes to prevent cross over of patients. Patients will be screened and support people are unfortunately not permitted in […]

COVID update – Alert Level 3

Kia ora koutou, here is our Alert Level 3 status: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) Our FNA service has resumed and we are taking bookings as usual with 30 minute slots rather than the usual 15 minutes to prevent cross over of patients. Patients will be screened and support people are unfortunately not permitted in […]

Can we improve our online booking system?

We are looking at ways we can improve our online blood test booking system and would love your feedback. If you have used this online system, we would really appreciate it if you could spare a minute to complete a very brief survey.  Your feedback will help ensure the booking system is user-friendly and makes […]

Collection centres at Alert Level 3

As an essential service, most of our collection centres will remain open during all COVID Alert levels. Tahunanui Medlab South collection centre will remain closed at level 3. Nelson Hospital and Wairau Hospital will still have screening at the hospital entrance restricting access to hospital outpatients and immunocompromised patients.Maxwell Rd, Blenheim will be open 7.30 […]

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 Medlab South 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 […]

COVID-19 Level 4 update

Kia ora to all our referrers and patients who have worked with us during the COVID response. Like everyone, we have had to adapt and change and we will continue to evolve as we work through the current Alert Level 4. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) During Alert Level 4 the FNA service is suspended. […]

Screening questions – Alert Level 4

Anyone coming to our collection centres will be screened at the door before entering. Screening is in place to protect all patients and our staff. If you have any of the following, please do not come to the collection centre, stay home and call your GP for advice regarding getting a COVID test. FeverNew coughNew breathlessnessSort throatRunny […]

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 […]