Industrial action 5 February

Laboratory testing will be severely impacted on Monday 5 February 2024 by industrial action.  Please defer non-urgent samples.

The Acute Demand Service is available as usual for critically urgent community testing.

Christchurch, Waimakariri & Ashburton

Notification of industrial action has been received for a withdrawal of labour at Awanui Labs on Monday 5 February and an overtime ban from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 February.

Collection Centres:

  • Monday 5 February – All Christchurch and Waimakariri Awanui Labs collection centres will be CLOSED, our Ashburton collection centre will be OPEN
  • Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 February – All Christchurch and Waimakariri Awanui Labs collection centres will be closing early at 3pm.

Courier Service 5 February:

  • Urgent courier pick up ONLY.
  • No routine laboratory courier service.
  • To request an urgent courier pick up please call 03 359 0900 (NOT available for rural areas)
  • Drop boxes will NOT be cleared on this day

Laboratory testing 5-9 February

  • Please minimise and defer testing
  • Defer screening microbiology samples e.g. Seminal fertility testing
  • Consider empiric treatment where appropriate and only submit samples where results alter patient management.
  • Please note results may be delayed for non urgent/routine Microbiology tests (e.g. H. pylori, fungi)

Note: This industrial action does not impact Canterbury Health Laboratories services or collection centres, which will be operating as usual over this period. CHL collection centre locations:

  • Christchurch Hospital Outpatients
  • Burwood Hospital
  • Ashburton Hospital

Collection Centres

4 Dee Street CLOSED
Timaru Hospital CLOSED
Temuka Collection Centre CLOSED
Hospital Ward Rounds Unavailable
Home Visits  Unavailable  

Courier Services

  • Unavailable
  • Urgent courier pick-ups for critical blood requests only.  To request an urgent pick up please contact 027 524 7561.

Laboratory Services

  • Biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, and transfusion medicine:
    • Critically urgent service only – 00:00 – 23:59
    • To help the laboratory team manage the workload during the strike period we ask that any non-urgent microbiology testing work in the Southern region is deferred from Saturday 3 February – Tuesday 7 February 2024.

Please note that all collection centres are closed on Tuesday 6 February for Waitangi Day.