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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.hawkesbayscl.co.nz

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, […]

Urgent HIS COVID Specimens

Download a PDF version of this memo here If you have a High Index of Suspicion COVID specimen that requires urgent pick-up for delivery to the laboratory – phone your local laboratory and advise them that you require an urgent pick-up. Provide the laboratory with the following details: Your name and contact numberThe name and […]

Alert Level 2

Green Island and Mornington collection centres are closed. Marinoto clinic will only be available for appointments during level 2. There will be restricted numbers at Mosgiel. Havelock North collection centre is also closed. All other collection centres will be open but 1m social distancing is required. Screening questions may be asked. Please do not attend […]

Update: Pre-departure COVID-19 Testing

Several countries now require pre-departure travel testing for COVID-19. Depending upon the destination country’s rules, passengers may need to complete one COVID PCR test (swab) +/- one COVID antibody test (blood) within 48 to 72 hours of boarding their flight or arrival at their destination, and be able to provide negative results. Time-frame for Testing […]