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Book tests online – poster for clinics

In order to promote our new online booking system for blood tests in our Napier and Hastings collection centres, please feel free to print a copy of this poster for your clinic waiting rooms. It will enable your patients to have a better experience and less waiting time when going for their blood tests. The […]

Personal travel to/from Level 3- testing update

For updated information on who can travel across alert level boundaries and the testing requirements please refer to the Unite Against COVID-19 website. Personal travel information is available hereBusiness travel information available here. At this time, publicly funded saliva testing is NOT an option for personal travel testing or the education sector. Nasopharyngeal swab testing is available and are […]

Lab Update – September 2021

This month our newsletter features updates on: COVID Alert Level 2Cervical smearseOrders for home visitsCommunity antibiogramsCommercial pricing updateThe end of faxingFaecal calprotectinOther reminders Read the full newsletter here>>

COVID-19 Saliva testing

Are you a permitted worker, or employer of permitted workers travelling across alert level boundaries? To find out more about saliva testing click here.

Alert Level 2 update

Our Havelock North Collection Centre remains closed at COVID Alert Level 2 – please visit our Hastings Health Centre or Maraekakaho Rd Collection Centre instead. We apologise for the inconvenience. If you have symptoms COVID-19 please stay home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP.If you awaiting a COVID-19 test result please also […]

Screening questions – Alert Levels 3 & 4

Anyone coming to our collection centres will be screened at the door before entering. Screening is in place to protect all patients and our staff. If you have any of the following, please do not come to the collection centre, stay home and call your GP for advice regarding getting a COVID test. FeverNew coughNew breathlessnessSort throatRunny […]

Alert level 3 & 4 update

During Alert Level 3 & 4 the Havelock North Collection Centre will be closed. If your test is not urgent or you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, please stay at home. We require you to wear a mask and practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times in our collection centres.Wait times […]

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.