Festive season opening hours

Our collection centres are closed on all the public holidays, but are open the other working days during the festive season, with the below exceptions. Home visit services will be operating as normal, but not on the public holidays. Note:

Labour day

All of our collection centres will be closed on Labour day (Monday 23 October), and they will reopen with normal operating hours on Tuesday 24 October. Enjoy your long weekend and travel safely if you are heading away.

Changes to Health Connect South results

From Monday 2 October 2023, interim results from Awanui laboratories will display in Health Connect South (HCS) for both hospital and community testing. This change will see: This is a significant change to what is currently shown so please communicate this to all clinicians. Please see below how results will be displayed in HCS.

Enteric pathogen testing changing to PCR

From Monday 2nd October 2023 we will be replacing routine faecal culture and Giardia/Cryptosporidium EIA testing with a single multiplex faecal PCR test. PCR is more sensitive than culture and EIA testing, and this new method will improve detection of enteric pathogens with a similar or superior turnaround time. This is in keeping with best […]

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

Medlab South 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 Any orders already received for the new HPV swabs will be cancelled, with orders reopening […]

Our name is changing – introducing Awanui Labs

We are proud to announce, Medlab South will be changing its name and brand to Awanui Labs within the next month. Moving to become Awanui Labs is a significant milestone for our organisation. Many may not be aware that Medlab South is part of a nationwide network of eight laboratory brands that span Aotearoa. Our […]

Change of opening hours – Blenheim

The opening hours for our Blenheim collection centre have changed to 7.30am – 12.30pm, Monday – Friday.

Upgrade to MLS Nelson/Marlborough Laboratory Information System

We’re upgrading our Laboratory Information Systems. Here is how it will affect referrers: From November 14, Medlab South Nelson/Marlborough will be going live with upgrades to its Laboratory Information System (LIS). This is part of a nationwide initiative that will refresh our existing LIS. Not only does this upgrade make for a more robust system, […]

The next generation of prenatal screening now in NZ

We’re excited to announce the next generation of non-invasive prenatal screening, Illumiscreen, is now available in Aotearoa New Zealand from across the APHG laboratory network. Non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS), sometimes known as NIPT, has been available for quite some time to screen fetal DNA for trisomy 21 (Down), 18 (Edward), 13 (Patau). We now have the latest […]