Expired viral swabs/tubes

Increasing numbers of expired viral swabs / tubes for SARS-CoV-2, HSV/VZV, and other molecular testing are being received by the laboratory. The use of expired materials has the potential to compromise results and testing on significantly out of date swabs / tubes will not be routinely performed. We ask practices to review and monitor their […]

Our name is changing – introducing Awanui Labs

We are communicating to provide notice of the upcoming name change of our organisation from Labtests to Awanui Labs. Moving to become Awanui Labs is a significant milestone for our organisation and represents the nationwide network we are part of. Our new name brings all eight laboratory brands from in our network, from Northland to […]

Changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP): HPV Primary Testing

From 12 September 2023, the primary test for cervical screening will change to a human papillomavirus (HPV) test, with the option of self-testing. Further information about the change can be accessed via the National Screening Unit HPV primary screening webpage located here. There are two sample types that Awanui labs will be accepting for HPV […]

HPV primary screening – DELAYED

Labtests have been advised by the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) that the start date for the switch to primary HPV screening has been postponed until 12 September 2023. Further information is available from the NCSP by emailing HPVScreen@health.govt.nz. Until the programme change to primary HPV testing takes effect on 12 September 2023, SurePath vials […]

Matariki opening hours

Most of our collection centres are closed on 14 July for the Matariki public holiday. Opening hours for centres operating can be found here.

New Kumeu collection centre

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of our brand new collection centre. In response to the valuable feedback we’ve received from the community, we are committed to providing you with an improved and more convenient experience. To ensure we can serve you without delay, we have set up a temporary makeshift collection centre. Please bear […]

Opening of the Labtests CBD collection centre

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new CBD collection centre. The CBD collection centre has relocated to Level 2, 43 High Street, Auckland Central. Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 07:00-16:00hrs. We have appreciated your patience and support throughout the relocation process, and we look forward to welcoming patients to our newly […]

King’s birthday weekend

Please find attached a list of collection centres open on King’s birthday, Monday 5 June. All other collection centres will be closed for the public holiday.

Mantoux testing service resumed

We are pleased to inform you that Labtests’s Mantoux testing service is now operational. This test is available to be booked at Mt Wellington or Henderson Labtests centres only. Please book via our call centre on 09 574 7399 option 4. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we worked to […]

Skin prick testing referrals

Wait times have increased to 4 weeks in the Northland region and over 6 weeks in the Auckland region for skin prick testing. To help reduce demand, please consider if skin prick testing is right for your patient. Skin prick testing identifies IgE antibodies. It is not helpful in non-IgE mediated conditions such as food […]