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ANZAC day closures

All of our collection centres will be closed on Monday, April 26 for ANZAC day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday April 27.

Easter Weekend

Most SCL collection centres are closed for the long Easter Weekend. See full listings below: Balclutha, Dunstan, Gore, Oamaru, Dunedin Hospital, Green Island, Marinoto, Mosgiel, South Dunedin and Queenstown collection centres are all closed from Good Friday (2nd April) until Easter Monday (5th April) – open as normal on Tuesday 6th April. South City and […]

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 […]

Mornington Health Collection Centre Closed

Please note that due to safety issues caused by a leak this collection centre will be closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New Hawkes Bay Website

SCL are excited to announce that we have a new website built specifically for our Hawkes Bay patients and referrers. For any information relating to the Hawkes Bay region please visit www.awanuilabs.co.nz/central/hawkesbay

Patient Report Upgrades

Southern Community Labs 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

Southern Community Labs 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 >>

COVID Testing Anniversary

The 13th March 2021 marks 1 year since testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was introduced at SCL Dunedin. Since then, SCL has expanded testing to 9 laboratories in its South Island network, with the Dunedin laboratory having performed over 80,000 tests. This represents a massive amount of work by the laboratory scientists, […]

Blood Lead Testing – Unavailable at SCL

Public Health free blood lead testing is not availabe at SCL Patient Service Centres. Please refer to the information on the DCC or Southern Health websites for information about free testing locations – see links below: https://www.dunedin.govt.nz/news-and-events/public-notices/alerts/water-notice https://www.southernhealth.nz/publications/community-blood-test-clinics-be-set-waikouaiti-next-week

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 […]