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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 […]

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 >>

Christmas and New Year Hours

All of our Collection Centres will be closed for the public holidays over Christmas and New Year. Tahunanui and Temuka will be closed from December 21st. For a full list of all closures during the holiday period read more below: Collection Centre Holiday Hours >>>

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week

It’s that exciting time of year again! For World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020 (WAAW), the World Health Organisation has selected the slogan “Antimicrobials: Handle with care. United to preserve antimicrobials.” You will notice that we now talk in terms of “antimicrobials” rather than “antibiotics” because we recognise that resistance in organisms other than bacteria (such […]