How MIQ saliva testing will work

From the NZ Herald, 5 July 2021: Regular saliva testing for staff at New Zealand’s managed isolation and quarantine facilities could be underway in weeks, which aims to strengthen the country’s border against Covid-19. Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) was awarded a Ministry of Health contract in May to provide virus surveillance testing through saliva […]

Changes to processing of female genital swabs

Female genital swabs for Gram’s stain are primarily recommended for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (BV) and candidiasis in symptomatic women. Asymptomatic screening for either BV or candidiasis is virtually never indicated, however we receive many such swabs every week. We have noted that many request forms submitted with female genital swabs provide limited clinical […]

Queen’s birthday opening hours

All our Collection Centres are closed for the duration of Queen’s Birthday weekend – Saturday 5 June – Monday 7 June. We will reopening 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>>

Lab Update: April 2021

In this month’s issue: Online specimen guideStores orderingANZAC weekend closureCash collections for unfunded testsReminder: emailed request forms Read the full issue here>>

ANZAC weekend opening hours

SCL Hawkes Bay collection centres are closed for ANZAC weekend. We close 6.00 pm Friday, April 23 and re-open at 7:30 am Tuesday, April 27. Testing of urgent samples is available via Hastings Hospital laboratory.

Easter Weekend

SCL Hawkes Bay collection centres are closed for the Easter break. We close 6pm Thursday 1st April, and re-open 7:30am Tuesday 6th April. Testing of urgent samples is available via Hastings Hospital Lab.

Lab Update: March 2021

In this issue: Easter breakIntroducing the Hawke’s Bay SCL websiteStores orderingCollection Centre closing timesEmailed request formsAxe the faxTesting changes – parathyroid hormoneeOrders Read the full version here>>

Welcome to our new website

We are really exicted to launch our new stand-alone website where patients and referrers in the Hawke’s Bay region can access information about all of our laboratory services. We would love any feedback you have, if you’d like to tell us anything or if you have any questions please visit the Contact Us page

Electronic Ordering

Did you know that you can order tests from us electronically, directly from your practice management system? eOrders are sent direct to the laboratory system, improving accuracy and providing your clinical team with real-time information about your requests. You will find lots of useful information on the site including tutorial videos and documentation. For more […]